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Friday 19th June 2020

Eastbourne District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Man pleads guilty to stealing and damaging CCTV cameras at Eastbourne bandstand

A man has pleaded guilty to stealing and damaging CCTV cameras at the bandstand in Eastbourne.

Police were called by Eastbourne Borough Council on Friday (June 5) after a member of staff noticed a CCTV camera near the bandstand was missing and some others were damaged.

After checking the CCTV footage, a man was seen unscrewing the cameras between 9.20pm and 9.40pm the previous evening (Thursday 4 June). He managed to take one, damage another and tamper with two more.

The CCTV footage also showed the same man returning to the area shortly before 9am on Friday and attempting to take more cameras, but he was disturbed by a member of the public.

Police were called and they arrested the man nearby on suspicion of theft and criminal damage.

He was found in possession of a rubber CCTV mount and a screwdriver with distinctive white paint marks that matched one seen in the CCTV footage.

Zack Staniford, 19, a labourer, of Cavendish Place was charged with theft and attempted theft.

He pleaded guilty when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on June 6. He was remanded on bail by the court for sentencing on July 1.

Eastbourne Operation Blitz ASB Patrols

Your Op Blitz (ASB patrols) teams are out again this Friday and Saturday, please call 07785372050 between 6pm and midnight to report any anti-social behaviour across your town.

Op Blitz patrols are in addition to our regular patrols of your town, and are an ongoing initiative each Friday and Saturday, where you can report any ASB or youth related crime and disorder directly to officers out on the ground Outside of these times, please continue to report non-emergencies to 101 or visit us online Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Update from last weekend:

Friday’s Operation Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Crouch and Brian-Davis. We started our patrols early at around 17:00hrs starting with the country lanes of Eastbourne. We spoke to a home owner who was concerned regarding vehicles driving above the appropriate speed limit past their homes. On this occasion we were able to identify a vehicle involved. We advised the resident to use a service called Operation Crackdown to report further incidents of anti-social driving in the area.

As part of our further patrols relating to anti-social driving, we attended Langney shopping centre car park at 1810hrs and 2000hrs. In recent weeks a number of reports have stated vehicles have attended the location and have caused a nuisance driving up and down. On both occasions the areas were quiet.

We also attended TJ Hughes which relates to a number of the street community congregating and drinking in the area. We attended at 1830hrs and 2030hrs and the area was quiet.

Further patrols were conducted around the Harbour which related to groups drinking and leaving rubbish. At 2135hrs the area was quiet. In addition we attended Motcombe Gardens following reports of groups hanging around and having BBQs in the park. The area was quiet.

Saturdays Operation Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis and Gell. We started our patrols at around 1700hrs where we patrolled Langney Shopping centre car park. Another patrol was conducted at around 2155hrs. On both occasions there were no issues that were witnessed.

Between the patrols of Langney Shopping Centre, we assisted with an area search of Eastbourne and Hailsham for a young female who had gone missing. After a short time, the female was located in Hailsham.
There were no other issues to note on this evenings Op Blitz.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Protecting older people from financial abuse

Monday (15 June) saw us mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - a day that aims to raise awareness of the maltreatment of older people.
Abuse against the elderly can be physical, financial, sexual or psychological. It can occur anywhere and can have serious long-term physical and psychological consequences for victims. 

Sussex Police is taking this opportunity to raise awareness of financial abuse against the elderly. 

Operation Signature is our campaign to identify, protect and support vulnerable victims of fraud. Through this, we have identified reports from 1,427 victims over 75 in the past year (June 2019 to May 2020) - with the oldest victim being 102 years of age.

The total loss of these frauds was £5,356,270, with the average being £10,975. Out of the 1,427 victims, 61 per cent were female and 39 per cent were male. The vast majority - 68 per cent (965) - live alone. 

The most commonly reported types of frauds affecting the elderly in the last year have been:

1. Courier or impersonator fraud - which is when criminals pretend to be from an organisation such as a bank to take personal details or money from victims. Sussex Police recorded 421 incidents involving over 75s in the past year and more details about this sort of crime can be found here.

2. Door step crime or rogue traders frauds (318 in the past year).

3. Telephone scams (185 in the past year).

4. Software service frauds (86 in the past year).

5.Financial abuse known person frauds (76 in the past year). 

Most victims were contacted by telephone (64 per cent) and 25 percent in person.

In March an 82-year-old woman from Battle attempted to withdraw £7,500 funds to transfer to a fraudster claiming it was for his wife’s funeral. The bank contacted police under the Banking Protocol scheme which trains bank branch staff to watch out for signs that someone may be about to fall victim to a scam. 

Police attended and the victim said she had received a call from someone pretending to be a police officer and was told there was an ongoing investigation into her bank as money had disappeared from her account.

She was instructed to transfer all money out of the account and into a safe account. The victim believed this to be true and attended the bank to do so whilst still on the phone to the caller. Thankfully in this instance the victim lost no money and was given prevention advice. 

PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Sussex and Surrey Police said: "Sadly cases like this are all too common.

"Financial abuse against the elderly has a devastating impact and we are committed to protecting the vulnerable from such maltreatment. These statistics shine a light on the different ways in which elderly victims are being exploited by unscrupulous people who want to take their money. 

"These despicable fraudsters shamelessly target the vulnerable. Victims can be left feeling frightened or sometimes embarrassed of being taken advantage of. 

"There are steps that can be taken to protect yourself. Always double check people are who they say they are, never feel pressured to make decisions on the spot and always trust your instincts. 

"We would urge anyone with elderly friends or relatives to ensure they're aware of what to watch out for. As part of Operation Signature we have a number of educational resources such as the Little Book of Big Scams and our monthly newsletter detailing recent incidents in the local area."

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "In these particularly challenging times, people’s minds are understandably pre-occupied and many of our older residents are left feeling lonely and detached from the world around them. This can often lead to them letting their guard down and becoming susceptible to criminals who will then take advantage.

"This is why the operational response to these crimes by Sussex Police is so important. I’m proud of the initiative they have taken to protect and support all victims of fraud by developing Operation Signature and introducing a Banking Protocol.

"We’re seeing reporting rise as more and more people understand that scams are fraud and fraud is a crime. On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, it’s more important than ever to repeat the message that fraud of our elderly is not acceptable and will not be tolerated."

Key things to remember:
  • Never send or give money to anyone you don't know or trust.
  • Check people are who they say they are.
  • Don't share your personal information.
  • Make decisions in your own time.
  • If in doubt phone a relative or a friend.
  • Trust no-one who cold calls you about your bank account or a problem with your computer.
  • Under no circumstances would the bank or police:
  • request a card PIN or security details over the telephone, or
  • arrange collection of bank cards from a home address

Crime Summary

Overnight on the 15th June an educational facility was broken into off Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne. Suspects have gained entry to the property by a sky light, once inside an untidy search has been conducted fortunately nothing was stole. (364 of 16/06 relates)

Overnight on the 15th June, a bicycle was stolen from a garage at a property off Arundel Road, Eastbourne. Suspects have used forced to prized open a garage door to gain entry. (533 of 16/06 relates)

There have been no further reports of residential burglaries on the Eastbourne district.

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:

Action Fraud’s top 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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