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2 April 2019

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New national report praises Sussex Police project to protect vulnerable fraud victims

A new national report on fraud investigation praises a Sussex Police project which supports vulnerable victims
The Report, 'Fraud; Time To Choose', published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on Tuesday (2 April) examines the national police response to fraud.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit said; "We welcome the Report's praise for Sussex Police's Operation Signature as a good example of law enforcement agencies in identifying and responding to vulnerability.
"As the report says, Operation Signature has been developed by the force as a means of providing additional support to victims of fraud and is designed to prevent the most vulnerable from becoming subject to repeat targeting."
The Operation Signature work focuses on the protection of the vulnerable members of our communities in Sussex, preventing them from becoming victims of such fraud and subject to further financial loss. Read more here.

1 to 7 April 2019 marks World Autism Awareness Week.

The National Autistic Society has predicted that there are approximately 700,000 people living with autism in the UK alone –more than 1 in 100 people.
We are signed up to the Pegasus card scheme, which is available to anyone who has a disability or illness that may make it hard to communicate with the police in an emergency or difficult situation.
We keep your pre-registered information safe on our computer and we can access it quickly if you call us. You don't need to repeat all your details.
Who can register?
Anyone who has a disability or illness that may make it hard to communicate with the police in an emergency or difficult situation. Registration is free.
How it works
You’ll be issued with a card and a personal identification number (PIN) and if you need to call us, say 'Pegaus', tell us your PIN and we’ll access your details right away, which will save you time.
You can also show your card to a police officer, member of police staff or other emergency services staff if you need assistance in person and they’ll know you may need extra help and support.
You can change or update your details at any time.
If you agree, we'll share your Pegasus information with other participating emergency services (fire, ambulance) and local authorities.
Pegasus terms and conditions
Your information will be stored on a secure database owned by the police.
Access to the database is controlled, but we may share your details with our partners, such as other emergency services, so they can help you.
If you’re under 18 you must have your parent or guardian's consent.
Please click here for online application form to join the scheme.

Keep your money safe

Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter March 2019
Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim. See full Newsletter in attachment.

Crime summary

Reference: 0792 30/03
Location: Wyatts Lane, Haywards Heath
Date: 30 March 2019
Details: A handbag and golf club were stolen from the back of the property. Access was gained via unlocked back door while residents were at home.



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