POLICE will target shoplifters in the Bognor Regis area in the run up to Christmas.
Sussex Police have launched its Operation Tinsel initiative on December 13.
The crime-busting campaign will see officers focusing on fighting festive offending.
They will conduct high-visibility patrols throughout the festive period so they can identify and target offenders.
Neighbourhood policing teams from across the Arun district will work closely with shops in the town centre and retail parks to provide reassurance to the public and retailers.
They will utilise high-visibility patrols to reduce incidents of theft and to reduce the fear of crime.
Sergeant Chris Thomas said: “December is likely to see a rise in shoplifting.
“Leading up to Christmas there is always pressure on us all to provide the perfect Christmas and Christmas gifts and for some that presents the temptation to steal.
“If anyone is thinking about visiting our local towns to commit crime, then think again.
“We’re sending out a strong message to thieves that shoplifting will not be tolerated.
“Offenders caught stealing can expect to be dealt with robustly.”
The festive month will also see a concerted effort from shop watch, CCTV and the police to monitor those visiting our towns and shops.
Anyone with information on shoplifting should contact Sussex Police on their non-emergency number 101.