Chichester, Selsey and the Witterings see an increase in non-dwelling burglaries

Police are asking residents in the Witterings and in Selsey to be vigilant this winter after non-dwelling burglaries was reported to have increased by 100 per cent since last year.

The statistics released by police also show that none-dwelling burglaries in Chichester also increased by 26 per cent.

Cash is the primary item being stolen and this is due to the wide range of commercial shops within the city. Pedal cycles, alcohol and vehicle accessories are other items being stolen from across the area.

The primary objects being stolen from the Witterings and Selsey areas are pedal cycles and garden equipment.

Within the Midhurst and Petworth area, since this time last year there has been an increase of nine per cent in the number of Burglary OTDs that have been reported.

Garden equipment is the primary item that is being stolen, building materials, cash and personal belongings are other items that have been reported.

“We need the public to work alongside us in terms of preventing crime, or at least making it more difficult for thieves.”

A spokesman added: “Have you considered letting someone you trust know when & where you are going? If you have a trusted neighbour/family member or close friend that you know can be relied upon, why not let them know the dates you will be away and ask them if they could keep an eye on your home while you are gone.

“If you are going away for a week or so, you could consider coming into your local police station or call 101 to ask for a ‘log’ to be created, which lets us know when you are not around. Just tell us the dates you will be gone and whether you have left a key with a trusted neighbour or friend. We will then inform your local PCSO who can keep an eye on your property while on patrol in your area.”

If you would like crime prevention advice there is more on the Sussex Police website www.sussex.police.uk.