As the nights draw in, Sussex Police is reminding people to keep a light on and take steps to protect their homes from burglars.
From Monday 28 October to Sunday 3 November, the force is running Operation Magpie, its bi-annual burglary prevention and awareness campaign, providing timely advice to people on securing their property.
Of 43 UK police forces, Sussex enjoys one of the lowest burglary rates, placing it seventh highest among counties where break-ins are least likely. There were 7700 reported burglaries throughout Sussex from October 2018-September 2019.
During the week prevention advice and tips will be shared on social media. This year’s campaign will also focus on preventing break-ins in rural areas. which can be more vulnerable to burglary.
Following the introduction of dedicated rural crime Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) they will be patrolling potential hot-spots in the countryside, aiming to engage with residents and offer advice and reassurance while providing a high-visibility deterrent to criminals.
Sussex Police takes reports of burglary seriously and keeps unsolved cases under constant review.
In August, a Hastings householder awoke to the sound of footsteps and his bedroom door opening, only for the intruder to flee when he realised someone was there. A kitchen door had been damaged and valuables were missing. Police were called and the suspect was later arrested and charged with burglary and theft. An earlier break-in by the same offender came to light and he is currently awaiting sentence for both.
“Burglary is a horrible crime which can cause victims long-lasting suffering. Whether it be the invasion of your home, damage to your business premises or the theft of essential work tools, it is totally abhorrent to us and that is why our priority is to reduce this crime and catch those who are responsible. Over the coming week we will be highlighting crime prevention advice to help our communities and sharing the efforts we go to in preventing and solving these crimes.”
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Burglary can have a profound impact on a victim, especially those that live in more isolated, rural communities.
“This is why I am pleased that with 100 extra PCSOs and the recent launch of a specialist rural crime team, Sussex Police is able to also target rural hot spot areas during this campaign. I hope this will deter burglars from preying on those in more remote locations and help residents feel safer.
“The Force is proactively tackling this issue and I will continue to ensure that they maintain their effective levels of prevention and deterrent activities.
"However, we all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars.”
To help protect yourself against burglary, please read our crime prevention advice here.
Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes moments to do. If your valuables are subsequently stolen, it helps police, insurers and second-hand traders to identify them. Find out more here.
Communities can often work together to prevent crime. Joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW coordinator helps to strengthen deterrents. More information can be found here.
In the small hours of the 25th October, a homeowner along Kings Drive, Eastbourne, was alerted to someone trying to gain entry to the home when dogs started barking. Fortunately no entry was gained. Regrettably there is no description available. (190 of 25/10 relates)
2 males on bikes with rucksacks were caught taking tools after breaking into someone’s garage around 1730 on 25th October at a property on Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne. The male made off when confronted by homeowners. Regrettably owing to the dark evening no description is available. (1099 of 25/10 relates)
A business address off Whitely Road, Eastbourne reported an attempt break in overnight on the 28-29th October whereby suspects have attempted to gain entry by smashing glass doors, fortunately no entry as gained, potential CCTV may show the offenders. (228 of 29/10 relates)
A second business address reported their doors being damaged in an attempt to gain entry overnight on the 28-29th October off Courtlands Road, Eastbourne. CCTV may show the offenders. (350 of 29/10 relates)
In the small hours of the 29th a building site off Upperton Road, Eastbourne reported a group of males entering the site over the fence and taking power tools from the site. CCTV may show the offenders. (412 of 29/10 relates)
Visit our crime prevention pages online for more information and tips to protect you and those around from burglary here
Frauds and Rogue Traders
Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported*? (*According to Friends Against Scams)
This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:
Amazon Prime scam:
Action Fraud warns of Amazon Prime scam that has cost victims over £400,000 in two months.
Criminals are targeting members of the public with automated calls stating that the recipient has been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.
Full details of the scam and signs to look out can be found here on the official Action Fraud website here.
Help us keep Sussex safe
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.
You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.
Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?
Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
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Jeremy Glew-Deval (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden)