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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 21st June 2019

News and appeals

Police response to bike thefts and ASB - UPDATE

Following recent reports of bike thefts from teenagers at the new Pumptrack in Newhaven, Lewes Prevention have continued their patrols to the area, and are working with NeighbourHood First to tackle the issue.

UPDATE: Lewes Prevention Officers and staff will be at the Newhaven Pumptrack next month from 1pm – 5pm on Thursday the 25th July offering a bike registration and marking event for bike owners.

We would encourage bike and track users to join us on the 25th of JULY and take advantage of crime prevention advice and marking tools to keep your bikes safe from theft – should you know any bike users that do not sign up to the community messaging system to please pass on this information.
Crime prevention techniques such as using a more solid lock, not leaving your bike unattended when leaving the park can all help towards preventing further thefts.

We look forward to seeing you, if you run groups or clubs where young bike users frequent, please pass on this information.

Is your outdoor property safe?

Following recent reports of break ins to sheds and outbuildings across rural areas of Sussex; whereby suspects are targeting tools and electrical machinery, Prevention Officers and Staff have been out raising awareness and offering valuable crime prevention advice and tools, to help keep your property safe.

Improve the security of your outbuildings by taking the following steps:

-Fix laminate film, steel mesh or bars to the inside of outbuilding windows.
-Fit concealed hinges to prevent criminals from unwinding screw or bolts.
-Check that fittings are bolted through the door and reinforced at the back with a steel plate or washer
-Consider installing an alarm-either a battery operated alarm or upgraded house alarm which includes your shed or garage.
-Add an extra layer or security with CCTV. Cameras nowadays can be bought fairly cheaply and can even be monitored remotely using your mobile phone.

LOCK it, HIDE it, MARK it…

It is important to use locks at all times, even if you are at home. Fit good quality locks to all doors on outbuildings, ensuring any screws are well concealed. Padlocks should be at least 6cm/2.5inches wide, or hardened steel, have at least 5 pins and a ‘closed shackle’ type. This reduces the risk of them being forced. Try to ensure you also fit British Standard approved locks.

Don’t give criminals the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime:

-Secure all items that could be easily removed, or even used to break into your house.
-Cover up any expensive tools or goods within your locked outside buildings.
-Property marking your valuable items is also advisable, some tools can be painted/marked with your name and postcode; in the vent they are stolen this will increase the chances of the items being reunited.
-Advertise the fact that your property is marked, and take photos of each item. In the event of any theft, these photographs can be circulated.
-Some items can be registered on the Immobilise website for free. Immobilise helps the Police to identify the owners of recovered items. Find out more at www.immobilise.com

For more information on securing outbuildings, tools and garden equipment please visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/protect-your-home-by-protecting-your-garden/

Community Patrols this week:

PCSOs play a key part of your local policing service - working alongside and supporting police officer colleagues in solving local problems, by being out and about on the streets talking to people, building relationships and understanding local issues.

A few of our patrols this week:

PCSO Fenn took to Seaford for seafront beach patrols, following recent criminal damage along some of the local seafront businesses.

Landport Estate and the Landport park were given an extra eye this week following reports of youth related ASB – residents please continue to report any suspicious activities or ASB you witness directly to us, thank you.

PCSO Disney joined East Sussex Fire and Rescue service to help patrol the annual fish festival in West Quay, Newhaven, and gave us a chance to speak to local residents following recent youth related issues in the town.

PCSOs also made stops to our more rural towns and villages, speaking to residents about rural crime and offering valuable crime prevent advice following recent burglaries in rural areas of Sussex (see main post above for advice on keeping your property safe) – these included, Wiveslfield, Plumpton, Ringmer, Newick and Chailey.

Police Officer recruitment is now open!

On Monday the 17th June 2019 recruitment for the role of Police Officer re-opened in Sussex.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

It’s a vital role and offers a great sense of pride from helping and protecting those within our community.

From being the first on the scene or arresting an abuser, to being a shoulder to cry on and a reassuring face; this role is thrilling yet constantly challenging. You’ll work in a fast-paced 24/7 environment where no two shifts will be the same.

In return, we promise you a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

In the past, we’ve received high volumes of applications, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.

For more information and to apply today visit: www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/jobs/police-constable-sxp-cmpg00113-1

Crime summary

There have been no residential burglaries of note this week.

Distraction burglaries in the Lewes and Seahaven areas. Police are still advising residents to be cautious of callers who they are not expecting, or appear to be acting suspicious or offering something that sounds too good to be true.

If you have your suspicions, please always check with companies prior to letting someone into your home, check their ID. Have you booked an appointment for them to come, if not there is no harm in ringing the company to check whilst asking the person to wait outside; if they are genuine they will likely wait.

Please report distraction burglaries directly to the Police on either 101, or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or report online at www.sussex.police.uk

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

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