TIM DREW: Remember to use 101 to report non-emergencies

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

Last week the Home Office launched a national campaign to remind the public to call 101 for a police non-emergency response, it having been found that more than three quarters of 999 calls received by the police across the country are for non-emergencies.

So, in order to help Sussex Police tackle crime effectively, remember to call 101 to speak to the police when there is no crime in progress, or any immediate risk of violence or harm; alternatively, they can be contacted via their website.

A recent Government announcement moved responsibility for Fire and Rescue from the Department of Local Government to the Home Office under the Minister for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims. This is designed to encourage more joined-up working between emergency services, which is already resulting in improved attendance times and cost reductions.

Meanwhile, 12 offences across three categories – burglary (five), burglary other than from dwellings (two) and vehicle crime (five) – were recorded in Worthing and Adur during the week from January 25 to 31. Seven of these crimes were recorded in Worthing, two in Sompting and one each in Shoreham, Lancing and Portslade. One of the burglaries occurred at a house in Findon Road, in which eight First and Second World War medals, earrings and £400 in cash were stolen.

The police have asked anyone with information about this crime or the whereabouts of the medals or other stolen items to email: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or telephone them on the 101 number.

Neighbourhood Watch members are asked to remember to disclose their membership when contacting the police.

The West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force saw action for the first time this year when they provided marshalling services for the Worthing Harriers fun run last Sunday.

• PCSO Ros Tite’s surgery is at the Maybridge Community Centre, Raleigh Way, Goring, between 11am and midday on Friday, February 19.

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