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19th February 2020

Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 03.
This is made up by 2 Horses and 1 Sheep.
With the ground being so wet and the shortage of grazing it is vital that you check your boundary hedges and fences several times each day as fences are much easier to push over.

Crime and incident update
 Reported items stolen/damaged in the last week include
1 x Toyota Pick-up truck, an unknown quantity of tools, 7 Moto-Cross Motorcycles,
5 Gas bottles, 4 Quad bikes, an unknown quantity of Chainsaws,
1 x car transporting trailer and an unknown quantity of meat.

Value of stolen goods including damage £49,222.00.

See reports below for detail.
If you have any evidence, no matter how small, on any of the crimes listed below, please call it in on the non-emergency number 101 and quote the reference number and date as given to the left of the report, of for that matter any other crime.

Prevent Keyless Car Theft (Quick Tips) and Advice
Over recent months the theft of key-less vehicles has become quite common
To protect your keyless entry from being a victim of relay theft, here some are some quick tips:
1. Keep your car keys safe – Use a blocking pouch
Car key thefts are on increase, why not keep your car keys in a safe!
If you have a ‘keyless entry’ car then make sure your keys are kept well away from doors and windows.
Keep your car key in a screened box/tin/bag so that the signal can’t be ‘grabbed’ from the outside and used to open your car – and don’t forget to do the same with any spare set!
Use a Signal Blocking Pouch (Faraday Bag)
Signal blocking pouches can stop access to your vehicle by blocking your car key fob from transmitting its code to the vehicle, as the pouches are lined with layers of metallic material.
Fact: Signal Blocking pouches are also known as Faraday Bags or Pouches
Putting your keys in a signal blocking pouch will stop any thieves from being able to amplify the signal used in relay theft.
How much do signal blocking pouches cost?
These pouches are cheap to purchase as well, from as low as £5, they can also be used to block WI-FI and Bluetooth signals on Mobile Phones.
2.  Turn off Keyless Fob’s Wireless Signal 
Do you have a keyless fob? Wireless signals on some keyless fobs can be switched off.
To turn off you should look in your cars manual to see if you can do this.
If you can’t find anything in your manual about turning off your fob you should contact the vehicle’s manufacturer.
3. Use a Steering Wheel Lock or Car Alarm
Yes, we know, you threw out the wheel lock back in the 90’s.
Most modern car thieves are equipped with laptops rather than hand tools, so mechanical devices – such as steering wheel locks – can be a real deterrent.
When purchasing a security device look out for 3rd party approval such as Sold Secure, whereby the product is tested against tools used by criminals such as Crowbars and Angle Grinders.
An alarm can reduce your car insurance
If you haven’t got a factory-fitted alarm you may be able to reduce the cost of your car insurance by fitting a car alarm.
Check with your insurer that the alarm is approved, as the quality can differ with car alarms.
And the single most cost-effective way to reduce your insurance premium is to fit an immobiliser, just make sure it’s professionally fitted.
4. Re-programme your keys
If you buy a second-hand vehicle, there is a risk that you may not be given all the sets of car keys.
If you’re unsure, get car keys reprogrammed so previous owners can’t access the vehicle.
Warning: Although be warned programming of some vehicles keys can be quite expensive, especially if you go direct to the manufacturers, make you hire an auto locksmith who is usually cheaper
5. Park defensively…
Parking your car in a garage overnight is ideal but make sure you ask an MLA locksmith (Master Locksmith Association) to undertake a security check.
If you’re parking on your driveway, park defensively i.e. as close to your property as you can so that access is made difficult.
Extra Security to Consider
Consider fitting outdoor motion detector lighting and CCTV, and if you park on the street ensure it’s in an area that is well lit.
6. Keep your vehicle tidy
We’ve all heard it, but how many still don’t follow the advice.
Make sure to keep the inside of your vehicle clear of clutter, try and hide any electrical items such as Sat Navs & Mobile phones.
Try to keep your glove box empty and why not leave your glove box open to show you’ve got nothing to hide.
Don’t forget to hide any signs of high-cost equipment as well, such as the marks that Sat-Nav suction cups leave on your windscreen!
7. Get your windows etched
Etching the last seven digits of your Vehicle Identity Number (or registration) onto the windows, headlights and mirrors means anybody who tries to alter your vehicle’s identity will have a tough job.
8. If you lose your keys
Should you have lost your car keys then we recommend contacting a local MLA auto locksmith, who are experts with vehicle locks and keys.
They will make sure that only the keys you have cannot be used by the thief, removing all others your vehicles database, this will stop any stolen keys being used.
Monday 10th February 2020 to Sunday 16th February 2020

Adur & Worthing 
Nothing reported

Sussex Police received several reports of illicit metal detecting in Climping Street Littlehampton where the sea wall has been breached.

Nothing reported

A black Toyota pickup truck on 56 plate was stolen from a farm yard in Rogate Petersfield. There were some tools in the back of the vehicle, total value £5,000.00.

The occupants of a farm house in Billingshurst were aware of intruders in one of the outbuildings, one of the occupants went to investigate and the intruder ran off across fields. In the meantime the other occupant searched the local roads, in a car, and spotted a goldy/yellow 61 plate Volvo X90.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Farm premises in West Chiltington Lane Coneyhurst Billingshurst were forcefully entered and a shipping container was broken into. 7 competition Moto Cross motor cycles that are easily recognised were all stolen. These include
Year 1981, Yamaha IT465cc
Year 2009, Rinaldi Yamaha YZF450cc
Year 1985, Yamaha YX490cc
Year 2006, Yamaha WRF250cc
Year 1981, Maico 250cc
Year 1989, Maico GM360cc
Year 1981, 150cc Pit Bike
Values at £20,000.00.
If you have any knowledge of these bikes or indeed are offered one please contact Sussex police on 101.

5 x 47 kg, red Flogas bottles, 2 were empty and 3 were full, have been stolen from premises in Old Crawley Road Faygate Horsham. Value £222.00.

A steel shipping container sited on premises in Cooksbridge Lewes has been forcefully entered and a green Yamaha YFM 700 Quadbike has been stolen from it together with a quantity of chainsaws. Value £15,000.00.

An outbuilding to a farm in Beddingham Lewes was forcefully entered and a Red/Black Honda Foreman Quadbike was stolen. Valued at £3,000.00.

Mid Sussex 
Nothing reported

A farm in Dagg Lane Ewehurst Green Robertsbridge was broken into but nothing was stolen.

An adjoining farm was also broken into and an unknown quantity of meat was stolen.

A Portacabin office on a farm in Fontridge Lane Etchingham has been broken into and every power tool has been stolen. At this time we do not have an infantry or value for this case.

A 16’ Brian James car transporting Trailer has been stolen from premises in St Leonards on Sea, value £1,500.00.

Sussex police received several reports of illegal metal detecting taking place in the Winchelsea are. Enquiries are ongoing.

A green Yamaha 350 Quadbike valued at £1,500.00 has been stolen from farm premises in Powdermill Lane Battle.

A farm in Northiam Road Staplecross Robertsbridge has been entered and 1,000 Litres of heating oil, valued at £450 has been stolen.

A green Yamaha Timberwolf 250 Quadbike that was anchored to the floor of a locked outbuilding to a farm in Ballsocks Lane Vines Cross Heathfield has been stolen. Estimated value £800.00.

Outbuildings to a farm in Station Road Hailsham have been broken into, nothing seems to be missing but about £1,000.00 worth of damage has been caused.

A building site in Brambletye Lane Forest Row has been broken into and a caravan and storage containers have been forcefully entered. Various items have been stolen including a glass cutter, an orange Stihl Safety helmet, and a grass trimmer values at £280.00.

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 or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at or their dedicated rural crime reporting number 0800 783 0137 or online here

Wildlife Officers can be contacted via local email addresses
Please only contact your local Wildlife Officers for any general enquiries or questions, not to report a crime. Report all crimes and incidents to Sussex Police online, email us at or call 101.
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