Tuesday 16th October 2018
News and appeals
Report hate crimes for a safer community
Sussex Police is supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week this month, and encouraging people to report hate crime.
The national awareness week, which runs from October 13 to 20, aims to raise awareness of what hate crime is, giving support to victims, their families and communities and dealing with perpetrators appropriately.
During this week we will be using social media to raise awareness of hate crime to help give knowledge and confidence to victims to report to the police, using the hashtags #NHCAW and #NoPlaceForHate to spread the word.
We will be sharing real life experiences of victims of hate crime to help increase public confidence in the police and to indicate that we will always deal with reports of hate with empathy and professionalism.
Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.
For those who wish to report online, you can do so here. People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website owned by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. There are also a range of support agencies to whom you can report – for more details, please see our website.
If you have been a victim of hate crime you can find support online at Safe:Space Sussex, a directory of local specialist services to help people find all the information they need here.
We have also been working with Brighton and Hove buses to support their own hate crime campaign in the city. This is a good example of secondary reporting methods where the victim has the option of whom to talk to.
Worthing burglaries linked
Police are linking four burglaries or attempted burglaries that have occurred recently in the Lansdowne Road and Manor Road areas of Worthing.
At 5.34am on Tuesday, October 9, officers were called to a flat in Lansdowne Road where elderly occupant disturbed a man who had gained entry through French doors. She shouted at the man, who turned and fled. He is described as white, aged 16-18, 5' 5" - 5' 6", of medium build, clean shaven with neat and tidy short dark brown hair and wearing a dark grey waterproof jacket, black jeans and black trainers.
Shortly before 7am the same day, the occupant of a flat in Manor Road saw someone put their hand through a ground floor window. The suspect ran off when shouted at.
Around 7.30am, a handbag and mobile phone were stolen from the kitchen of a house in Manor Road. The victim alerted police officers who were in the area making house-to-house enquiries about the earlier incidents.
At 9.30am, a break-in was discovered at a ground floor flat in Lansdowne Road where the occupant was away. A neighbour reported challenging a man who was seen climbing a neighbour's garden fence around 5.25am. He claimed that he had lost his cat and ran off.
Detective Constable Jon Berisford said: "We'd like to hear from anyone with any information about these incidents or those involved. Please report online or call 101 quoting serial 187 of 09/10.
"I would also urge people to ensure that their homes are secure, especially overnight and early mornings. You can find advice here on making it tougher for burglars."
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0771 10/10/2018
Location: Upper Brighton Road Lancing
Date and time: Between 8:15 am and 4pm on the 10th October
Details: A tool was used to force a door open. Jewellery was stolen.
Reference: 0783 10/10/2018
Location: Brighton Road Lancing
Date and time: Between 3pm and 4:30pm on the 10th October
Details: A window was broken to gain access to a property. Cash, I pad, phone and watches were stolen.
Reference: 0927 10/10/2018
Location: Wiston Avenue Worthing
Date and time: Between 7:45 am and 5:30 pm on the 10th October
Details: It is unclear how entry was gained to a property. Nothing appears to have been stolen.
Reference: 0935 14/10/2018
Location: Marine Parade Worthing
Date and time: Between 12th and 14th October
Details: Entry was gained to a property by forcing a door and breaking the lock. It is unknown if anything was stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0361 10/10/2018
Location: Poulters Lane Worthing
Date and time: Between 2am - 4am on the 10th October
Details: A door was forced on a garage and tools were stolen
In the last week in Worthing we have had two reports of two males claiming to be from Southern Water. They have said they needed to check the water supply. On both occasions they were allowed entry to the property.
Unfortunately jewellery was stolen from one of the properties.
Please do not let anyone into your home that you don’t know. Always ask for identification- official visitors won’t mind being asked for ID.
If you have concerns about someone who has called at your door, call the police immediately and take down as many details about the person as possible.
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