Officers from various Police teams across the Lewes District, including northern villages, and down through our coastal towns, had yet another busy weekend, and week this week with 14 arrests made since Friday 17th January to Thursday 23rd.
Offences include, public order offences, assault, 3 in for ABH (actual bodily harm), controlling and coercive behaviour, handling stolen goods, possession of class B drugs, stalking, and giving false information to Police and wasting Police time.
Your eyes and ears, help to make these arrests, with reports and suspicions reported to us throughout the week, please continue to report to us online or to 101 if you witness anything we need to know about.
Residential burglaries across the Lewes District
With 5 burglaries reported across the Lewes District this week, why not become a creature of habit when leaving your home with our leaving the house checklist:
close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes, double-locking any doors
make sure that any valuables are out of sight
keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on, or set light timers
if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
remember to set your burglar alarm
make sure the side gate is locked
lock your shed or garage
lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
If you have been the victim of burglary, or attempted burglary please report to us either online, or by calling 101 so that we can build a picture of trends and hotspots which assists in our Police patrols.
Protect your home by protecting your garden this Spring
Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard and if they think they’ll be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by, they'll probably move on.
You’d think that it would be best to make a property less visible from the street, and to keep it hidden from prying eyes behind overgrown bushes, trees, high fences or walls.
In reality, all that this serves to do is make it easier for a burglar to get close to a home unnoticed, and provide somewhere to hide while carrying out a burglary or theft from your property.
1. Consider installing an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen, or solar lights to brighten darker areas.
2. At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
3. Consider a trellis, or thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes which makes it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
4. Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
5. Check shed doors and window locks following a wet winter for rusting or damaged locks, and replace as necessary.
6. Always keep your shed locked and secured, don’t give burglars a head start, replace any broken windows or panelling on sheds/outbuildings.
7. Don’t leave tools lying around; as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.
Police in Sussex to lead the way over new Stalking Protection law
New Stalking Protection Orders (SPO’s) come into effect on Monday (20 January), as an additional tool for police to use in responding to reports of stalking, and Sussex Police are already planning to apply for SPOs in cases during the same week.
Detective Chief Inspector David Springett of the force's Public Protection Command, said; "The new Orders, which we will seek from Magistrates, are an important development in helping us to better protect victims or anyone connected with them, in stalking cases.
"Significantly, SPOs enable us to include both prohibitions and/or requirements on a subject.
"For example, subjects can be made to undertake offender rehabilitation courses or mental health assessments. They can also be required to stay away from specific areas and from contact with named people."
However an Order is not an alternative to prosecution for stalking offences under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, and it can be used to strengthen prosecutions as well as safeguarding victims.
Any breach of an Order is itself a criminal offence punishable by Magistrates by up to 12 months or a fine or both, or at Crown Court with imprisonment for up to five years or a fine or both.
David Springett adds: "This new resource will really help us to protect victims. In Sussex we are already recording the second highest number of stalking reports anywhere in the UK after the Met, and are now advising and supporting more victims than ever.
"With better awareness and enhanced training our approach is more robust in keeping people safe and feeling safe. We encourage victims to come forward with the knowledge that our officers and staff are better trained and that they will take all reports seriously.
"We are absolutely aware of the consequences if our response is not the correct one, so we want to ensure that victims have confidence in how both police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will support them.
"There is clearly an increased awareness and identification in society generally of stalking behaviour and that too helps us to provide early intervention and provide safeguarding to those in need."
The force has independent advice on our response to stalking and harassment, from partners and this has improved our understanding of stalking as well as its impact on victims. We regularly review our response to ensure we have taken the right action and to identify learning for our staff.
Officers and staff already complete online mandatory stalking and harassment training so they can provide the right response and keep people safe and further specialised training is being delivered to all officers and staff from this month.
If you are being stalked or harassed it is important that you report it. Stalkers are fixated and obsessive offenders who will not stop.
You can report stalking or harassment online or by calling 101 or in person at your local police station.
But always call 999 if you are in danger. Our officers and staff will undertake a risk assessment and focus on keeping you safe.
If you would like further information about stalking or harassment, there are several organisations that specialise in providing advice and support to victims.
Veritas is a local organisation which provides advocacy and support for victims of stalking.
The National Stalking Helpline also provides advice and guidance to current or previous victims of stalking or harassment. The helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 0300.
In the small hours of the 17-18th January, a social club on Railway Approach, Newhaven was broken into whereby unknown suspect(s) have smashed windows to gain entry. An untidy search was made inside with cash being targeted. (79 of 18/01 relates)
An attempted burglary occurred overnight on the 17-18th January at a members club on Chapel Street, Newhaven whereby unknown suspect(s) have attempted to gain entry to a rear door causing damage. No entry was gained. (311 of 18/01 relates)
A business address off Park Street, Falmer was broken into overnight on the 17-18th January with unknown suspect(s) gaining entry to the property by cutting locks on secure doors. Tools were targeted. (328 of 18/01 relates)
A property off Ashcombe Lane, Kingston was broken into over the 19-21 January, unknown suspect(s) have smashed windows on the property to gain entry, once inside have conducted a search of the property but left with nothing. (670 of 21/01 relates)
Overnight on the 22-23 January, a sports club off Mountfield Road, had damaged caused to their facilities whereby unknown suspect(s) have damaged doors to gain entry, and damaged property inside. Potential CCTV may help to identify the suspect(s). (245 of 23/01 relates)
For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found here.
If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.
Action Fraud scam watch
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?
This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:
Amazon Prime Fraud
Did you catch Chief Inspector Paul Carroll on BBC One’s ‘Rip Off Britain’ this week?
With the rise in Amazon scams, targeting those who have a prime account, or are first time users offering X off their next purchase, or emails asking for renewal to their services or face a fine.
Watch out for these emails, as they often contain poor grammar and spelling errors.
Increase in emails stating the recipients must update their Netflix account information to resolve a payment issue
The links in the emails lead to a ‘genuine’ looking website that is designed to steal your Netflix login credentials as well as personal and financial information.
Don’t click the links, or check your Netflix account and make contact with them directly via the contact us on Netflix official pages if you have any concerns.
Courier fraud in 2019
In 2019 more than 1900 reports of courier fraud was received by Action Fraud.
Criminals typically carry out courier fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer or bank official to gain their trust. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation.
The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details.
Beat the fraudsters with the latest 2020 advice from Action fraud here.
Action Fraud’s top ten tips
Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud 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, 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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