AS CHRISTMAS inches ever closer, police across the Arun district will be doing their best to stop unseasonable shoplifting from marring celebrations.
Trends show that during the festive season there is a spike in the levels of retail thefts.
Sussex Police will now be targeting shoplifters in the run up to Christmas as part of the force’s Operation Tinsel campaign, which launches on Thursday (December 12).
Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols throughout the festive period to identify and target offenders.
Sergeant Neal Harvey 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 neighbourhood policing teams across Arun district will work closely with shops in the town centres and retail parks where there will be an increased uniformed presence.
The operation aims to provide reassurance to both the public and retailers, utilising high-visibility patrols to reduce incidents of theft and to reduce the fear of crime.
This next month will see a concerted effort from shop watch, CCTV and the police to monitor those visiting our towns and shops.