News and appeals Police launch operation to combat commercial burglaries in Worthing Police have launched an operation dedicated to cracking down on commercial burglaries in Worthing. Operation Clear Up has been set up following an increase in incidents at shops, restaurants and other businesses in the town centre. A total of 53 offences were recorded between 21 August 2018 and 21 January 2019, compared to 37 for the same period in 2017/18, representing a 43% increase. Among them were four repeat victims, and in the majority of cases cash has been stolen from the premises. Sussex Police’s Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention Team has acknowledged and responded to the local community’s concerns, prompting the launch of Operation Clear Up, which is being led by PC Isobel Wimbleton. As part of this, officers have carried out increased patrols during peak hours on peak nights of offending. Officers are also working closely with the Worthing Town Centre Initiative, and have engaged with local businesses and provided crime prevention advice in a bid to prevent further offending. Since the operation was launched on Thursday 14 February, there have been no business or commercial burglaries reported to police in Worthing. Inspector Allan Lowe, of the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention Team, said: “Break-ins and burglaries have a big impact on the business community – particularly on smaller businesses – and we will put all our efforts in place to target those responsible and bring them to justice. “Supporting local businesses and reducing crime is very important to us, hence the priority in getting these numbers down. “Arrests have been made in the past for town centre break-ins, however no person that we can highlight, at this stage, for being responsible for this wider series.” For advice on how to protect your business from burglary, see our crime prevention page on our website. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/police-launch-operation-to-combat-commercial-burglaries-in-worthing-360540 Phone fraudsters use tax evasion claims to lure victims Elderly and vulnerable people are being warned to beware of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) or the police. The bogus callers claim the targeted person is wanted for tax evasion and is arrestable on warrant unless they pay a cash sum - usually some £3,000 to £4,000 - to clear their 'debt'. Some even address victims by name, or use a number that is often displayed as the official number of the agency they claim to represent, to add credibility to their call. But the genuine authorities stress that people would never be texted or telephoned by them out of the blue with requests for payments, to log in to an online account or to disclose personal information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or bank details. Anyone receiving such contact should hang up and report the call - preferably using a separate phone or computer in case the criminals have kept the line open - to police here, at 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. It is understood that HMRC received more than 60,000 reports of phone scams in the six months up to January 2019, an increase of 360 per cent on the preceding six months. Sergeant Kat Argholeka, of Sussex Police, said: "This underlines the importance of never giving out private information and reporting any suspicious activity without delay. "We'd also ask friends or relatives of potentially vulnerable people to ensure they are fully aware and alert to the risks." https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/phone-fraudsters-use-tax-evasion-claims-to-lure-victims-360679
Crime summary Burglary Reference: 0253 26th February Location: Windsor Road, Worthing Date and time: Overnight 25th to 26th February Details: It is unknown how entry was gained to a property. Mobile phones and an IPod were stolen
Reference: 0285 27th February Location: Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham Date and time: Between 3pm and 6:30pm 20th February Details: An attempt was made to break into a property. No access was gained.
Reference: 0653 27th February Location: Norman Crescent, Shoreham Date and time: 5th January Details: An attempt was made to break into a garage and property. No access was gained
Reference: 0187 28th February Location: Eldon Road, Worthing Date and time: Overnight 27th February Details: Entry was gained to a property through an insecure door. Two purses were stolen.
Reference: 0035 3rd March Location: Windsor Road, Worthing Date and time: 3rd March Details: It is unknown how entry was made to the property during the night but the person was disturbed and it is believed nothing was stolen.
Reference: 1152 3rd March Location: Surrey Street, Worthing Date and time: Time Unknown, 3rd March. Details: A window was broken and cigarettes were stolen.
Reference: 0181 4th March Location: Hurst Avenue, Worthing Date and time: During the night 4th March Details: Someone entered via an insecure door, nothing stolen.
Reference: 0027 5th March Location: Goring Road, Goring by Sea Date and time: Between 1900hrs 4th March and 0030hrs 5th March Details: A handbag was stolen from a property via an insecure kitchen door. Other February Newsletter highlights courier fraud again as there have been further reports of this type of crime. The criminal gangs behind these crimes frequently follow similar methods so there are some particular courier fraud characteristics to be alerted to. If you suspect someone you know may be vulnerable to fraud, please share this newsletter with them. The newsletter can also be found on the Sussex police website.
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