Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter

Firstly, due to the Coronavirus and the government announcing that all those of 70 years or older should not mix with others, Sussex Police, as responsible employers (I am a volunteer employee),  have requested that until the situation changes that I should refrain from entering police property.
This means that during this time I will not have access to the Police computer, so will not be able to locate the rural crime across both East and West Sussex.  To help me overcome this I will be contacting the Rural Crime Officers across Sussex requesting that they send me details of what has occurred during the last week on their patches.

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 7.
This was made up by 5 Horses and 2 Sheep.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day.
Crime and incident update
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.
Protect your rural property

Rural properties can offer an attractive target for thieves on the lookout for expensive machinery and equipment as well as the sort of valuables found in any home. Some ideas to secure your farm include:
Restrict access to your land and property with locked gates, using British Standard locks and high security closed-shackle padlocks.

Keep gates to yards closed whenever possible – criminals see unrestricted access as an invitation to enter.

A combination of good outside security lighting, CCTV and intruder alarms will deter most thieves but make sure they are regularly checked to ensure they will work when you need them.

Lock your windows and doors and remove keys from the locks keeping them out of sight.

Mark all valuable equipment, tools and other property with the name of your farm and the postcode – UV pens, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking are all options to consider.

Display security marker boards to show you have security.

Where possible install fuel tanks within secure buildings or cage, keeping them locked and alarmed. Consider installing anti-siphon devices.

Keep computers in well-secured buildings and change passwords on a monthly basis.

Lay gravel rather than hard standing around farm buildings.

Park larger vehicles in front of access doors to prevent easy access.

Ensure you have adequate insurance cover.

Monday 09th March 2020 to Sunday 15th March 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Theft of air conditioning unit from farm, occurred 12th March between 09:40 and 09:55hrs.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Overnight a farm Shop was been broken into, chickens were stolen from both inside and outside.

Battery Stolen from machinery on a farm in Ticehurst.

Barns broken into in the Rye area, 100L diesel stolen, occurred between 16:00hrs 12/03/2020 and 16:20hrs.

A Honda TRX 120 Quad bike, chain saws, strimmer’s and hedge trimmer stolen from the Rye area, occurred overnight

Overnight a stone statue of a Greek / Roman Bust was stolen from a garden in East Hoathly.

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.
Adur and Worthing:
Brighton and Hove:
Mid Sussex:

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