TIM DREW: Moving to lessen the risk posed by tool thieves

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FOUR weekly community bulletins have been issued by police since my last round-up, the latest of these, at the time of writing, being dated February 25.

In all, 54 offences were recorded (one more than in the previous month), of which ten involved residential properties, 22 non-residential ones and 22 involved vehicles.

This compares with the 55 offences commited in the four weeks ending January 24. The highest number of offences per ward was recorded in Central ward (20), followed by Castle and Northbrook (six), Broadwater and Heene (four), Marine, Offington, Salvington and Selden (three), and Gaisford and Tarring (one).No offences were recorded in Durrington or Goring.

The offences included nine thefts of tools from vehicles, four thefts of cycles and two thefts of numberplates;14 other cases involved commercial property. In five instances, the attempt at burglary was unsuccessful or nothing was taken.

The theft of tools is on the increase, but there are several ways whereby you can reduce your risk. These fall into three broad categories – deterrence, security and recovery (i.e., taking steps to ensure that you get your van and its contents back even if they do get stolen).

• PCSO Yvonne Mortlock (Salvington) hosts two surgeries this week – on Tuesday, from 10.30am to 11.30am, at St. Michael’s Church hall, Hayling Rise, High Salvington, and the next day, from 10.30am to 11.30am, at Durrington Library, in Salvington Road. PCSO Catherine Dines’ surgery will be on Thursday, March 13, between midday and 1pm, at Buddys Café, 121 South Farm Road. In addition, two Neighbourhood Panel Meetings will take place on Monday – for Broadwater, between 7pm and 8pm,at the Broadwater Parish Centre, in Broadwater Road, and for Durrington and Northbrook, at the Durrington Community Centre, between 7.30pm and 9pm. The Tarrring Community Forum will meet between 7pm and 8pm at West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street,Tarring, the next day.