TIM DREW: Make sure you attend panel meetings and raise your concerns

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

Last Saturday saw the last of this year’s Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Awareness Events, which took place in South Street in conjunction with the Worthing & Adur Safer Communities Partnership, and with Police representatives in attendance.

It was probably the busiest as well, with many cycles marked, leaflets and booklets handed out, and advice requested – including, I am pleased to say, advice on how to set up Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Much of the other advice requested involved serious problems such as street drinking, anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and the use of side streets as “rat runs” to the danger of local residents.

Some of those who raised these issues had no idea as to whom to turn. Sadly, this (in some cases) had followed contact with the Police and local councillors which, for whatever reason, had proved fruitless. All seemed unaware of the existence of the Neighbourhood Ward Panels, and it strikes me that this is a resource whose profile badly needs to be raised.

The panels are Police-led but are also attended by local councillors, who are often able to provide good advice when it comes to nuisance problems.

Furthermore, the issues raised at panel meetings aid the Police to prioritise resources.

Those experiencing problems as above are strongly urged to attend the panel meetings – you will find details of those for your ward on the Sussex Police website as well as those for the week ahead in this column. You can also call upon the services of Worthing Community Speed Watch, which is staffed by trained volunteers who work with the Police to monitor vehicle speeds, using speed detection devices.

• PCSO Cruise hosts his surgery between 11am and midday at the West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring, on Thursday, September 24. The Central Ward Neighbourhood Panel also meets on Thursday, September 24, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at the Ardington Hotel in Steyne Gardens.

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