A CRIMESTOPPERS campaign has been launched to combat car crime in Adur.
Figures show car crime in the district has risen by 49 per cent in the last year.
David Simmons, chairman of Adur and Worthing Community Safety Partnership, said there were two main types – thefts from insecure and unattended cars, and theft of tradesmen’s tools from unattended vans.
Cllr Simmons, a cabinet member on Adur District Council, said: “I previously asked people to ensure the security of their cars to make it harder for thieves to steal from them.
“While there has been some success, we continue to have two types of car crime in the area.
“While the thefts from cars is often opportunist, thefts from vans are more organised and we believe the subject of a different type of offender.
“The next phase is to set in place a Crimestoppers campaign to gather intelligence.”
The idea is to gather information about the offenders, outlets for the stolen property and links to other offences.
Cllr Simmons said: “Our search for information is not just information about car crime, but includes other criminality such as drugs, which it is feeding, or more recently the damage to the new Adur Ferry Bridge in Shoreham.”
Callers will not be asked their name or address, no telephone numbers are recorded and no statements will be required. A cash reward of up to £1,000 will be paid anonymously on results through Crimestoppers.
Cllr Simmons said: “Your call could provide the link in the chain which leads to solving crime in our area.”
Call 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Street signs have been placed at strategic locations to encourage people to ring the Crimestoppers number anonymously with information.
Cllr Simmons said: “Of course, people with information can ring Sussex Police and should do so if they see anything suspicious.
“However, if they don’t wish to speak with the police directly with information or become involved in court proceedings, there is another choice.
“Next time you see one of the Crimestoppers signs in the street, take a moment to think whether you too have information which could help solve crime and lead to the arrest of offenders. If so, why not ring that number: 0800 555 111.”
People are advised to help preven thefts by removing valuable items from their car and ensure the car is locked.
Tradesman are advised to remove all valuable tools from their vehicle overnight.