Midhurst police sergeant issues warning after spike in overnight thefts

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POLICE have issued a warning after a spate of thefts.

Midhurst Police Sergeant Jonathan Chapman is asking residents to ensure security lighting is working and all garden machinery is locked away and out of sight.

Areas hit recently are Lurgashall, Plaistow, Lickfold, Northchapel, Loxwood and Wisborough Green, with all offences occurring overnight between Monday to Thursday.

Sgt Chapman said: “Police would like to make the public aware of a crime spike recently, mainly around the Petworth area, where garden machinery and power tools are being stolen from outbuildings and vehicles.

“We have had 41 overnight theft-related crimes since August 1, which is concerning.

“Thieves are targeting vehicles and outbuildings and stealing anything they can get their hands on. I urge the public to remove all valuables from their cars and ensure they are locked.

“Far too many people are leaving their cars insecure, becoming an easy target for opportunistic criminals.

“My team and I will be working through the night to catch these individuals and we are doing all we can to arrest and bring to justice the offenders.”

If you see anything suspicious, call non-emergency number 101. If a crime is occurring dial 999.

Sgt Chapman added: “Of particular interest to police are vans or light commercial vehicles, however thieves are known to scope throughout the day so please be vigilant to anything ‘out of place’.

“If you know someone selling or have been offered what you believe to be stolen goods, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report it on their website. Please help us to prevent you becoming a victim of crime.”