A Freedom of Data request has revealed the worst locations for rural automobile park thefts within the district, with one car even stripped of its doorways and bonnet this summer time.
The incidents recorded by Chichester police had been requested by a retired police officer, who had served a few years within the space and was involved on the proliferation of break-ins and thefts.
Studies of crime in rural magnificence spots confirmed West Stoke automobile park in Downs Street because the worst place for crime, with 17 incidents within the one space from January 1 to September 11 this 12 months.
Measures to patrol the automobile park seem to have had a large affect – there have been 43 comparable incidents in the identical automobile park throughout the identical interval final 12 months.
Among the many objects reported stolen from autos within the district have been designer purses, a lawnmower, a therapeutic massage sofa, quantity plates and a Land Rover Defender that had 4 doorways and a bonnet ‘mechanically eliminated’ in South Harting.
There was additionally a Mercedes SLK stolen from Chidham Lane, containing medicine and different private objects. The keys to the automobile had been in a Fiat parked in the identical location, which had its window smashed.
In West Harting, a .17mm rifle was taken from a Ford Ranger through one other smashed window, the commonest modus operandi for thieves.
Scorching spots in 2019 have included Harting Down, Rowlands Citadel and Hunters Race in West Lavant.
The retired officer who requested the information stated it confirmed better strategic efforts had been wanted, notably throughout counties, as thieves seemed to be branching out from the east-west strains of important roads deeper into rural areas.
He stated the estimated value to communities of the 864 incidents reported since January 2018 might have exceeded £800,000.
Sussex Police stated it was conscious of quite a few break-ins at magnificence spots within the Chichester district and reminded residents to not go away valuables in autos unattended, notably when visiting magnificence spots.
A spokesman stated: “Officers conduct excessive visibility patrols within the affected places and all strains of enquiry, together with CCTV footage, of those incidents can be investigated.
“If you need to report an incident of this matter please report on-line or name 101 quoting reference Operation Mini.”