Homeowners urged to be vigilant against burglars
19 February 2013
New Chichester district commander Tanya Jones wants residents to
work closely with her in cracking down on burglaries and
Most of these crimes are committed by opportunist thieves and
she is urging people to be vigilant and secure their properties in
the Chichester district.
Chief Inspector Tanya Jones moved to the area as a Detective
Inspector from the West Sussex Priority Crime Team where one of her
top priorities was investigating burglaries
Now one of her priorities is helping to reduce burglaries taking
She said: "Since I have arrived as the new District Commander at
Chichester on January 21 2013 it seems that some crimes could have
been prevented if residents made sure their properties were
"People leave valuables, such as wallets or laptops on display in
their vehicles and then leave their vehicles insecure.
"Many offenders who break into cars, homes and garages are
opportunist thieves, who simply try doors to see if they are open.
I would urge owners to make every effort to deter them by securing
their doors and windows. By working together we can reduce
burglaries and thefts, the upset and the great inconvenience they
"So a plea from Sussex Police, please think twice and check
before you leave your house or car to make sure it is locked, and
please remove valuables from cars before you park it at home, at a
sporting event, go shopping or take the dog for a walk. It is such
an easy thing to do, and together we can make it harder for
offenders to commit crime."
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