Officers in Chertsey are seeking the public’s help following an increase in anti-social behaviour in the town.
Since 12 July there have been 22 incidents of criminal damage to vehicles reported in Chertsey, compared to just three offences of this type in the same time period last year. The offences have predominantly taken place in Heriot Road, Eastworth Road, Victory Road, Stepgates and Fordwater Road overnight on Friday and Saturdays.
Five arrests have been made and neighbourhood officers are carrying out regular patrols during the hours associated with such behaviour but need residents to continue to report incidents.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Helen Vaughan said: “During the month of July there has been a rise in crime in Chertsey, significantly around damage to property including vehicles in the early hours of the morning. This appears to be linked to late night drinking and anti-social behaviour conducted by local youths.
“Police have currently made five arrests relating to crime in Chertsey and we continue to pursue offenders and deter the behaviour through high visibility patrols.
“However, we need the help of the local community to name those responsible and call incidents of anti-social behaviour in to Surrey Police and encourage people to use 101 and Crimestoppers or 999 in an emergency.
“Chertsey is a Designated Public Place under Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 which prohibits the drinking of alcohol in public and empowers the police to stop people consuming alcohol and request alcohol be surrendered to them. Failure to do so is an offence for which they can be arrested. Please report any incidents of drinking in public to Safer Runnymede via the Runnymede Borough Council website (nuisance behaviour) or contact Surrey Police on 101 at the time so that we can tackle the anti-social behaviour.”