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Alert message sent 12/01/2018 09:46:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Friday 5 January - Friday 12 January 

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A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect you and your family long after the incident has occurred. By applying a few prevention methods you can make your home less attractive to burglars.

What can you do on a daily basis?

· Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.
· If you leave your house empty, even if you are in the back garden, lock all the doors and windows.
· An intruder alarm can be an effective deterrent against burglars, seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs.
· Make it a habit to mark your valuables by using your postcode and house number or name.
· Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them next to a ruler.
· Register your property at, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.

What about when it gets dark?

· Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
· When you go out in the evening, always leave a light on in a room that cannot be peered into from the road.
· Fit security lighting - either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that will come on automatically as dusk sets in, or infrared activated lighting which draws attention to movement.

How can I keep my garden safe?

· Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure.
· Trim overgrown plants - don't give burglars a hiding place.
· Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them being used to break into your home.
· Fit outside security lighting and a visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars.


Crime summary

On Friday (5 January), a cupboard in the communal hall area of a building had been forced into, with nothing being taken. This occurred on Vernon Road in Uckfield. (Ref: 0569 – 05/01)

Between 01:30 and 09:20 on Saturday morning (6 January), a shed was broken into on Ashengate Way in Five Ash Down, Uckfield. A motocross bike and push bike were stolen. (Ref: 0274 – 06/01)

Between 16:30 and 10:00 on Saturday/Sunday (6/7 January), a shed was broken into. A tool box had been taken, this occurred in Eridge Green in Tunbridge Wells. (Ref: 0052 – 08/01)

In the early hours of Sunday morning (7 January), a lockup shed door was found to be open with the light on and the padlock damaged. This occurred on Shepherds Hill in Buxted, Uckfield. (Ref: 0503 – 07/01)

Between 08:00 and 15:30 on Sunday (7 January) on The Street in Litlington, Polegate a shed was broken into with a chainsaw being taken. (Ref: 1017 – 07/01)

There was an attempted break to a house on Post Horn Lane in Forest Row. This incident occurred on Tuesday (9 January). (Ref: 1166 – 09/01)


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 or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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Tabitha Baker (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Sussex)

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