SUSSEX Police are reminding residents in South Harting to be on the look out for suspicious activity.
Since the beginning of June the small parish has been targeted by thieves. Police have received reports of two attempted house burglaries, nine burglaries to outbuildings, two thefts from unattended vehicles and one report of criminal damage.
Items stolen have been general garden machinery, power tools, fishing rods, meat, and a pressure washer. The criminal damage was caused on entry at one of the burglaries, by a crowbar or something similar.
Sergeant Jonathan Chapman, of the Midhurst and Petworth Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The is a most unusual level of crime for South Harting, we are making active enquiries to try to trace those responsible and officers and PCSO’s are paying extra attention to movements in the area.
“Meanwhile we also urge local residents of South Harting and those who pass through the village regularly to help us catch these criminals by reporting suspicious sightings to us.
“Please, if you see something that arouses your suspicions or just doesn’t sit right, then call us. No matter how small or irrelevant you feel it may be, it all helps to build the bigger picture. Also now is the time to check your garage and outbuildings to ensure they are properly secured. Please don’t make it easy for thieves to operate in this beautiful village.
“If you see anything suspicious taking place call us on 999 right away. If you have any other information that might help, call us on 101 or email 101@sussex,pnn.police.uk at any time.
“It is also important that local residents remain vigilant and ensure that they take the necessary precautions to keep their homes and belongings safe and secure.”