BUSINESS owners and residents are urged to take steps to help combat a predicted rise in criminal damage and burglaries this spring.
Break-ins at premises, including offices, factories, sheds and garages, and criminal damage traditionally rise during the period according to West Sussex Strategic Community Safety Partnership, which is launching a Safer Spring drive.
Now people are reminded to ensure doors, windows, sheds and garages are kept locked to deter opportunist burglars and that good lighting, surveillance and alarm systems are in place at businesses.
Residents are also urged to report problems such as broken street lights, abandoned cars and graffiti on walls or play areas to West Sussex County Council.
Councillor Pete Bradbury, cabinet member for public protection, said: ‘We can all play our part by just doing the simple things and looking out for our neighbourhoods.’