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Sussex Alerts Newsletter

9 February 2024


Dear Residents

We apologise for the significant delay in reinstating Sussex Alerts and thank you for your patience. Going forwards, you will receive your alerts on a monthly basis and please find below your alerts for Adur and Worthing for the period of 18 January 2024 to the 7 February 2024. 



Appeal following an assault in Worthing

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Littlehampton Road, Worthing.

It is reported that at around 9am on Monday, 15 January, a 16-year-old boy was pushed off his bike by an unknown man.

You can view the photo and further information here https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-for-information-following-assault-in-worthing/

Appeal following a scam in Worthing

Police were called on 31 December to a report of a vulnerable 79-year-old woman who had been a victim of a scam.

It is believed a man has taken thousands of pounds from her.

You can view the photo and further information here



Sussex officers go above and beyond for national action week

As part of a nationwide dedicated week of action, Sussex Police Neighbourhood Policing Teams have
been working hard to keep our communities safe. 

Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action took place between 22 and 28 January.

You can find out more about the amazing work our officers carried out across Sussex here https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/sussex-officers-go-above-and-beyond-for-national-action-week/


Burglary – One report of residential burglary in Worthing

Lyndhurst Road, Worthing – Property owner who was home at the time, has found an individual in their house. After being found, the suspect left the occupant’s belongings and left the property without further incident.


Garage/Shed Break Ins – Four reports of garage/shed break ins across Adur and Worthing

East Street, Lancing – Garage which was located on a street was broken into, with damage to the owner’s motorcycle and theft of its rain cover. Neighbouring garage was also broken into, but no items stolen.

Chatham Road, Worthing – Brick built shed within the property owner’s garden was accessed via a rear brick wall and ladder in the adjacent alleyway. The owner was unsure whether the shed was locked and two Ryobi power drills and 18 Ryobi power drill batteries were stolen. The house was not broken into.

King Edward Avenue, Broadwater – Garage located on street and broken into, with some screwdrivers, a ratchet and spanner were stolen, along with a bike and spray paints

St Wilfreds Road, Worthing – Garage on a residential property was broken into and bike was stolen. Two bicycles located in a shed on the property were not taken.

Crime Prevention Advice

“We are reminding residents to keep windows and doors locked when their property is unoccupied.

Also, it is important to remove any items from gardens or open spaces which could be used to gain entry to property, all too often ladders are left unattended.

We recommend that if a ladder is to be stored outside that it is secured and chained up so that it’s not a temptation for someone to use to gain entry.”

Find more information on securing your home here https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/

For more information on keeping your sheds and garages secure, please visit https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/secure-shed-garage/


Vehicle Crime – Several reports of various vehicle crimes across both the Adur and Worthing district


Theft of a Motorbike/Moped

During January, there was a report of an attempted theft of a motorcycle in the Ham Road area and a theft of a motorcycle in 

the High Street, Worthing. A moped was stolen in South Street, Worthing and we are advising that owners ensure their motorcycles/mopeds are secured in well light areas as close to your property as possible.

You can find out more on how to protect your motorcycle/moped here https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/theft-motorcycles-scooters/


Theft of Tools from a Van

Over the last four weeks, there continues to be ongoing reports of thefts of work and power tools from vans across the district. We are investigating these thefts, but vehicle owners are reminded to not leave valuables in their vehicles overnight.

If the vehicles are alarmed, please ensure they work and if you have CCTV, Ring doorbell footage of any thefts or witness any suspicious activity around vehicles in your area, please let us know.


Vehicle Theft 

There have been two reports across the Adur area, where vehicles have been stolen in Lancing and Shoreham and an attempted theft in Southwick.

Please ensure that you lock your vehicles and keep valuables out of sight if you are unable to remove them from the vehicle. Keep remote car keys away from doors and windows or you can invest in a Faraday Bag, to prevent keyless car thefts.


Theft of Vehicle Number Plates 

Vehicle Registration Markers (VRM) or registration/number plates have been stolen in the East Worthing, Salvington and Broadwater areas. These are commonly used for cloning vehicles, where criminals steal a number plate and put it on a stolen vehicle of the same make and colour.

If you notice that your number plates have been stolen, please report it to us as soon as possible


Keeping your vehicles safe

For more information on how to prevent thieves targeting 

your vehicle, visit https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/vehicle-safe-and-sound/


Reporting a crime – Click, Call, Connect

For non-emergency incidents or crime prevention advice, click https://www.sussex.police.uk/ (If you report a crime online, we will assess it in the same way as a 101 call). 

Call 101 when you don’t require an urgent response. In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.

Connect with us face-to-face at a police station or contact the local policing team at https://www.sussex.police.uk/area/your-area

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us using TypeTalk on 18000 or by sending a text to 65999.



Sussex Police have a range of job vacancies, from PCSO’s, Police Officers, Detectives and Police Staff and you can find a range of career opportunities here https://www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/

Here is a selection of our current vacancies


999/101 Contact Handler


Location – Sussex Police Headquarters Lewes

Salary - £28,302 to £30,783 plus annual unsociable shift allowance in the region of £9,063 for a full time shift worker


Police Community Support Worker (PCSO)


Location - West Sussex

Salary – Starting at £26,487 plus annual unsociable shift allowance of £6,146.14 (pro rata)

Fully funded professional qualification - Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice


Special Constable


Location – Forcewide

Salary – Volunteer 


File Build Case Administrator


Location – Shoreham

Salary - £24,462 - £26,487


Community Engagement

There will be several community engagement events across Adur and Worthing over the next year and full details will be provided via Sussex Alerts and on our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/AdurandWorthingPolice/

The following dates, times and locations will be visited by our Op Safety team, who are our dedicated response to reduce instances of knife crime and serious violence in Sussex. The primary focus of activity is on raising awareness of the law and reducing knife crime committed in public spaces amongst young people.

In addition, we will have our local district and county council partners, safeguarding organisations and Cyber Crime expert in attendance, who will offer additional support and guidance. Please note, that our partners may vary between events.

26 February 2024

-          Montague Street (by the old bandstand), Worthing 10am to 12pm

-          North Road, Lancing 1pm to 3pm

6 March 2024

-          East Street, Shoreham 10am to 12pm

-          Montague Street (by the old bandstand), Worthing 1pm to 3pm


Violence against women and girls survey

Understanding your experiences - your voice matters.

We are dedicated to tackling violence against women and girls. To continue our efforts, we’re running a https://sussexpolice.welcomesyourfeedback.net/s/vawg23 so we can hear your experiences.

Sussex Police relies on your feedback to improve our services. The results will be used to further improve what we do with the aim of making Sussex safer for everyone. They will influence how we make decisions on where we prioritise our policing services and help us to provide better information to victims of crime about the services we provide.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous, unless you have identified yourself within the responses you give.


Have you heard of what3words?

Here is how this brilliant app helps us #KnowExactlyWhere

what3words has given every 3 metre square in the world a unique identifier made of 3 words - making the location of any emergency (999) or non-emergency (101) incident very easy to describe and share.

To tell us the location of an incident using what3words, follow these three steps:

1. Download the free what3words app

2. When you are at the location of the incident open the app and tap the arrow icon (iOS) or compass (Android) for your current location

3. Dial 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency) and read the 3 words displayed at the top of the app screen to the call operator

Download the free app here: https://what3words.com/products/what3words-app


Rural Crime Newsletter

You can read our rural crime newsletter here https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/.divisional-campaigns/rural-crime-team-monthly-update/




Young People's Services

With half term next week and study for exams underway, we want our children and young people to have access to dedicated support services, if they feel they are unable to speak to their relatives or teachers. 

Is this OK?

Is This Ok? is a free, anonymous, and confidential service, bringing trained professionals together to provide support to young people through a chat service. You don’t need to provide your real name (a nickname is fine for us!), and we don’t need to know your address.

The service is available for children and young people aged 13 - 18 years old and you can find out more here https://www.isthisok.org.uk/

Fearless - Crimestoppers

It can be a frightening time when children and young people hear of a crime being planned, witness a crime or are being exploited. Fearless enables young people to pass on information about crime 100% anonymously. The Fearless website is available here https://crimestoppers-uk.org/fearless/what-is-fearless


I hope you have a wonderful weekend and half term

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