TIM DREW: Spring brings with it a warning to secure all outside items to deter opportunistic thieves

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SPRING is here and comes with a reminder to secure your sheds, garages and outbuildings.

Break-ins and thefts from outdoor storage spaces tend to rise about this time of year.

The police recommend you assess the total value of the items in your shed and fit appropriate locks and alarms to protect them. Additionally, you can install outdoor security lights to illuminate and deter thieves, fix mesh or bars on windows. Check fittings are bolted through the door and reinforced.

The police also recommend registering property with Immobilise. All UK police forces use this website to trace owners of lost and stolen property.

• A busy week for surgeries and panel meetings begins with a meeting of the Gaisford Neighbourhood Panel on Monday, April 13, at Northbrook College, Broadwater Road, between 7pm and 8pm.

Tuesday, April 14, will feature PCSO Carole Fulcher’s surgery between 10.30am and 11.15am at Goring Library, Mulberry Avenue, and PCSO Graeme Foster’s between 5pm and 6pm at East Worthing Community Centre, Pages Lane, followed by the Selden Neighbourhood Pane Meeting at the same venue between 6pm and 7pm.

Two further meetings will take place that evening between 7pm and 8pm being the Salvington Neighbourhood Panel Meeting at New Life Church, Salvington Road and the Tarring Community at West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring.

Thereafter, PCSO Shauna Bowen hosts her surgery on Thursday, April 16, between 11.30am and 12.30pm at Findon Valley Library, Lime Tree Avenue. PCSO Elaine Tullett’s is the next day between 11am and midday at Worthing Leisure Centre in Shaftesbury Avenue.