News and appeals Sussex Police urge people looking for love online to be vigilant
People in Sussex are being urged to be vigilant when looking for love and not to become the latest victim to romance fraud – particularly people aged between 30-59 who accounted for half of all romance fraud cases across Sussex in 2021.
Contrary to popular belief, in Sussex there is almost just as many men who are victims of this fraud type as women.
More than £4-million pounds was taken from people in Sussex who fell victim to this type of crime last year.
One person who unfortunately fell victim last year was Anna (Not her real name) who is a finance professional in her 50s and is currently being supported by Victim Support Sussex.
Anna believed she was in a genuine relationship with Andrew for more than two years when she realised she’d been the victim of a romance fraud and reported this to Sussex Police in October with financial losses amounting to around £350,000.
This is one of 427 reports of romance fraud made to Operation Signature our Police process to identify, protect, and support vulnerable victims of fraud.
The majority of these romance fraud which were reported in 2021 took place in West Sussex (56%), just under a third were reported in East Sussex (30%) and almost half of those were reported in Brighton and Hove (14%).
Bernadette Lawrie BEM the Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Sussex Police says: “With more and more people turning to online platforms to form relationships this cruel and heartless crime is on the rise. Fraudsters prey on the loneliness of victims, targeting and grooming them for the purpose of exploiting money. Since the pandemic we have seen increases in this fraud type because social interactions and connections have been reduced and criminals have used this as an opportunity to befriend people and strike up online relationships with those at their most vulnerable before defrauding them and stealing their money.”
Bernadette suggests using the DATES advice for anyone who is seeking a relationship. Don’t rush into an online relationship – get to know the person, not the profile: ask plenty of questions. Analyse their profile – confirm the person's identity. Check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly-used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine. Talk to your friends and family - be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them. Evade scams - never send money or share your bank details with someone you’ve only met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you've been speaking to them. Stay on the dating site messenger service - don't use email, phone, social media or other messaging apps until you’re confident the person is who they say they are.
Sussex Police are taking proactive action to try and prevent people falling victim to romance fraud. It’s estimated that 7,550 potential victims have been prevented from making contact with a scammer thanks to the 99 images and 52 emails which have been submitted to Scamalytics.
To report a scammer making contact with you or fraudulent material relating to romance fraud report it to Scamalytics here. TO READ ANNA’S FULL STORY, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/sussex-police-urge-people-looking-for-love-online-to-be-vigilant/
Arrest made in connection with catalytic converter thefts in Sussex
A man has been arrested on suspicion of a series of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles across Sussex.
Officers from the Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) made the arrest at an address near Dartford in Kent on Monday, January 10.
The 55-year-old was taken into custody on suspicion of ten counts of theft from a motor vehicle.
Sussex Police welcome 76 new recruits
Seventy-six new recruits have taken their first steps into policing after being formally sworn-in at an attestation ceremony on Tuesday 11th January at East Sussex National Golf Club.
It’s the largest intake to the force in recent years and for the first time, sees more women (53.6%) join through this route than men.
In addition to this 10% of the intake are people from Black, Asian and Minority backgrounds.
The new recruits will dedicate their time to keeping communities in Sussex safe, and are the latest to join through Operation Uplift – the national campaign to recruit an extra 20,000 officers across the country.
Ani Abello, 33, from Chichester
I have recently joined Sussex Police as a police officer through the Degree Holder Entry Programme after seven years in Health and Social Care recruitment. A policing career always fascinated me – growing up in the Philippines where crime is rampant, I felt the need to help, especially those who are most vulnerable in society. However, I did not think I had the pathway to pursue policing until the launch of the new entry routes. I want to help in any way I can to make our communities safer, for those who live in them to feel heard and valued regardless of their backgrounds. Ultimately, as a police officer, I am hoping to grow both professionally and personally to further aid those who need my service most. I feel very proud to represent the Filipino community, particularly Filipino women, within Sussex Police.
Thomas Webb, 21, from Horsham
This position with the police has given me an opportunity to break a cycle. I’ll be the first person in my family to get a degree and have a pension, while at the same time being able to use some of life experiences to give back to the system that helped me as a child and help others. That’s what makes it worth it. TO READ THE FULL STORY, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/sussex-police-welcome-76-new-recruits/
Week of action to highlight vital role of neighbourhood policing
Neighbourhood policing, and the vital role it plays in keeping our communities safe, will be highlighted during a dedicated week of action.
From 17th to 23rd January, police forces across the country will be shining the spotlight on their Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) and sharing information on the work they do to help people in their time of need.
In Sussex, officers will use the week of action as an opportunity to build on the work they do 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – engaging with the public, deterring and identifying crime, and taking action against issues affecting the lives of people living and working in our districts.
Members of the public can report crime to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. TO READ THE FULL STORY, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/week-of-action-to-highlight-vital-role-of-neighbourhood-policing/
Changes to Sussex police email addresses.
Sussex police email addresses are changing. If you have a contact within Sussex police you should note that all the email addresses have been changed and they no longer include .pnn i.e. email@example.com will now be firstname.lastname@example.org these changes are with immediate effect. This also includes our colleagues in Surrey Police.
If you have recently sent an email to the pnn address there is no cause for concern, the email will have automatically been redirected to the new address. Crime summary Ridgehurst Drive, Horsham – overnight between 10th and 11th January, both front and rear number plates were stolen from a Honda Jazz which was left insecure. Cad 0856 11/01/22. The Crescent, Horsham – between 1400hrs and 2000hrs 17th January, both front and rear number plates stolen from a Ford KA. Cad 1236 17/01/22.
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