TIM DREW: Latest crime figures for your neighbourhood

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FOUR weekly community bulletins have been issued by the police since my last round-up, the latest of these at this time of writing being dated January 24.

In all, 55 offences were recorded, of which 11 involved residential properties, and 30 non-residential ones; in addition, 14 crimes involving vehicles were noted. That compares with the 65 offences recorded in the six weeks to December 30, and represents an increase pro rata of more than 21 per cent.

A total of 27 of the offences were committed during the week as per the community bulletin dated January 16.

The highest numbers of offences per ward (9) were recorded in Central and Gaisford, followed by Northbrook and Salvington (7), Broadwater (5), Heene and Offington (4), Castle and Selden (3), and Durrington, Goring, Marine and Tarring (1).

Offences involving non-residential property included 20 cases involving sheds, garages and outbuildings and 15 thefts of cycles; 10 other cases involved commercial property.

In 12 instances, the attempt at burglary was unsuccessful or nothing was taken; however, force was used in 21 cases which shows that, although a good deal of crime is opportunistic, there are those who will go to some trouble to get their hands on your property.

In seven cases, the properties had not been secured.

n Goring Neighbourhood Panel will meet on Monday, February 10, between 7pm-8pm at Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, and again at the same time and venue on Friday February 14. PCSO Carol Fulcher’s surgery is taking place at Goring Library, Mulberry Lane, between 5pm-6pm, on Tuesday, February 11.

On that same day, PCSO Dan Cobden hosts his surgery at the Durrington Community Centre between 5pm-6pm and the Tarring Community Forum will meet between 7pm-8pm at West Worthing Baptist Church in South Street.

On Thursday, February 13, PCSO Catherine Dines’ surgery will be held at Buddy’s Cafe, 121 South Farm Road, between noon and 1pm.