Friday 27th October 2017
News and appeals
How safe is your home?
The clocks go back next week and our message is simple: keep a light on and stay secure.
In the early hours of Sunday (29 October) the clocks change and at this is the time of year there is an increase in burglary as the nights lengthen and daylight hours shorten.
From Sunday 22 October Sussex Police will begin a social media campaign to show how residents can bolster their home security with some practical crime prevention advice and highlight the impact of burglary can have.
We aim to emphasise the dire and sometimes heart-breaking effect a burglary can have on a person who has experienced it by sharing their personal story. These stories are complemented with helpful and practical tips to help safeguard your home against burglary. Everyone in the community can help prevent burglary by looking out for each other.
Between September 2016 and September 2017 there were on average 680 burglary offences per month across the force. This total includes both residential and non-residential burglaries.
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead, said: “The change of season not only brings longer evenings but the opportunity to be out celebrating bonfire events and Hallowe’en activities. Be mindful that your home could be vulnerable to burglary if it isn’t protected. The best defence against burglary is prevention.
“Burglary isn’t only about the physical act of someone breaking in and stealing material possessions. It can have a profound and lasting emotional effect on the victim.”
To help protect yourself please read our crime prevention advice: https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/
Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes just a few minutes, and if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and secondhand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief. Find out more on their website https://www.immobilise.com/
Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW co-ordinator your community can be stronger together. To find out more about NHW, visit their website: http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
Hallowe’en has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.
If you are celebrating Hallowe’en, please consider the elderly and more vulnerable in the community who may find having strangers call at their door a frightening and intimidating experience.
If you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed.
Just be careful who you scare on Hallowe'en.
One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the 'no trick or treaters' poster.
If you are looking to take part in the Hallowe'en celebrations, you can use the 'trick or treaters welcome' poster.
Some safety tips for Hallowe'en:
For Trick or Treaters
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Older children should make sure an adult knows the area they plan to visit and what time they’ll be back
- Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses
- Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully
- Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.
- Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening.
- Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the 'No Trick or Treaters please' posters people may display in doors or windows.
Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.
If you feel unsafe:
- Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
- Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
- If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
- If you are prepared to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
- If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.
Officers will be out on patrol to deter any anti-social behaviour and will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.
Sussex Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.
To report anti-social behaviour, call 101, or report online at www.sussex.police.uk If you feel threatened, in an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.
Arrest made as police continue to investigate Lancing vandalism
Police investigating damage to beach huts in Lancing are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
One such incident was reported on Friday (13 October) at Beach Green, Brighton Road, where two padlocks and a locking bar were forcibly removed from a hut.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. He was later released after it was agreed to settle the matter by way of community resolution.
Other incidents are still under investigation.
Anyone who has witnessed damage being caused or who has other information is asked to contact police online or call 101, quoting serial 378 of 13/10. Alternatively, please can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0293 25th October
Location: Clifton Road, Worthing
Date and time: 0300hrs 25th October
Details: Property entered via insecure window, nothing stolen.
Other than dwelling
Reference: 1275 20th October
Location: West Parade, Worthing
Date and time: On 20th October
Details: A door was forced on a beach hut. A bag and a bike were stolen
Reference: 0305 23rd October
Location: Orme Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 21st and 23rd October
Details: A lock was cut on a shed to gain access a bike was stolen
Reference: 0611 24th October
Location: West Parade, Worthing
Date and time: Between 13th and 22nd October
Details: Beach hut broken into. Camping equipment stolen
Reference: 1187 24th October
Location: Wallace Avenue Worthing
Date and time: Between 19th and 22nd October
Details: A shed was broken into by removing the door. A helmet, garden strimmer and copper piping were stolen.
Reference: 0549 24th October
Location: Beach Green, Lancing
Date and time: Between 1201hrs 9th October and 1400hrs 21st October
Details: Broke lock of beach hut, entered and stole several items.
Reference: 1172 26th October
Location: Broadwater Rd, Worthing
Date and time: Between midday 19th October and 25th October
Details: Tools stolen from insecure outbuilding.
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