Friday 27th April 2018
News and appeals
When you need the police, do you know the different ways to contact them?
Sussex Police has created animated scenarios to reinforce how to contact the police.
In the two 90 second animations, members of the community share their experiences in choosing the most appropriate way to contact the police be that via their local prevention team, reporting online, calling 101 or 999. The animations include incidents of anti-social behaviour, drink driving, household burglary and distraction burglary.
Last summer Sussex Police launched contact cards , which contain all the different ways you can get in touch. In continuing to help the police tackle crime effectively, the cards set out that you should:
• Call 999 in an emergency when a life is threatened and there is imminent danger (a crime is happening)
• Call 101, the non-emergency number, when you don’t require an urgent response.
• Report online at your convenience or when you don’t need to speak to anyone.
• Contact your local prevention team by email or phone for matters in your community.
• Visit your local police station.
• Text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000 if you are hard of hearing or speech-impaired.
Commenting on Sussex Police’s Contact Campaign, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I welcome the second phase of this important campaign which demonstrates a range of ways the public can contact Sussex Police as well as highlighting the most appropriate method of contact to use whilst showing the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The public still welcome traditional communication channels such as telephoning the police but a flexible and modern police force needs to offer other methods too, such as online, social media and email.
We expect our police service to be modern and flexible so, while it is absolutely right that there should be a range of ways we can contact the police if and when we need to, it is also important for the public to have the confidence to report crimes safe in the knowledge that their call will be answered in a timely fashion.
I will continue to monitor performance in this area through my monthly webcast Performance and Accountability meetings.”
The 101 number is for non-emergency issues; for example to report suspicious behaviour or to report a theft. If there is not a need to speak to someone, then the public can report online for a number of things, including crimes and if a response is required, this will be actioned within 24 hours.
The public can also contact local prevention teams by email or phone to report non-emergency police matters or concerns in the community, although these channels are not for reporting crime. If a member of the public emails or telephones the local prevention team, they will respond to your enquiry within 72 hours.
The public can also visit Sussex Police by dropping into their local police station or community hub. All the details can be found online.
ACC Taylor adds: “There are many ways you can access the police and by letting people know the different ways to use our services we can be confident that we are effectively tackling local concerns and being there when we are needed the most.”
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The ways to contact Sussex Police via our website are:
• Report online https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/
• If it is a local community enquiry contact your local policing team - for example Adur and Worthing District can be contacted at https://sussex.police.uk/adur-and-worthing/. To find your local team, visit this page https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/
• Other accessible contact methods for those with hearing or speech impairment https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/accessible-contact-methods/
Other services available online include:
• Make a complaint or give us feedback https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/make-a-complaint-or-give-us-feedback/
• Access information on for example ASB, Burglary, theft https://sussex.police.uk/advice/
• Report a hate crime https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/hate-crime/
• Make a general enquiry https://sussex.police.uk/advice/
• If you are calling in regard to the following; these are issues you need to speak to your local council about fly tipping, rubbish and bins. Noise nuisance is not a police matter. You need to contact your local council https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-noise-nuisance/
More on this story please click on the link or go to our website.
Sussex Police lead the way in new initiative to tackle drug dealing
Sussex Police, working with the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office, is the first force in the country to use a new law aimed at curbing the use of phone lines by organised crime groups to distribute drugs.
Two investigations have already resulted in the closure of nine dedicated phone lines used by alleged dealers targeting users in Brighton and Hove.
One group were offering cocaine, and the other group was offering heroin and crack cocaine.
A total of 38 people have so far been arrested in the two operations, which are continuing.
For further information on this story and to see videos please click on the link.
Reference: 0494 22nd April
Location: Pond Close, Billingshurst
Date and time: Between 2230hrs 19the April & 0700hrs 20th April
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property. No entry gained but door handle was damaged.
Reference: 0322 24th April
Location: Lambs Farm Road, Horsham
Date and time: Between 0800hrs 20th April & 1100hrs 22nd April
Details: Entry to property unknown, money stolen.
Reference: 0415 & 427 25th April
Location: London Road, Watersfield
Date and time: Between 0630hrs & 1030hrs 25th April
Details: Doors were forced on 2 flats. Cash and jewellery were stolen.
Reference: 0267 25th April
Location: Lower Street, Pulborough
Date and time: Between 0910hrs & 0920hrs 25th April
Details: Front door was forced. Unknown what has been taken.
Reference: 0891 25th April
Location: Cedar Drive, Southwater
Date and time: Between 0800hrs & 1600hrs 25th April
Details: Rear door was forced. Jewellery, Laptops and a camera were stolen.
Reference: 1190 25th April
Location: Fairfield Cottages, Cowfold
Date and time: Approx. 1945hrs 25th April
Details: An attempt was made to enter a property, no entry gained and nothing stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0716 20th April
Location: Knob Hill, Warnham
Date and time: During night time
Details: Someone used a bolt cutter to cut the padlock from a shed, nothing was stolen.
Reference: 0583 24th April
Location: Brighton Road, Lower Beeding
Date and time: Between 1300hrs & 1320hrs 19th April
Details: Lock was broken off garage door, chainsaw and leaf blower were stolen.
Recently there has been an attempted distraction burglary in Cowfold where 2 men called at an address and stated they were from the water board.
Residents are being urged to report anything suspicious. Don’t let anyone into your home that you don’t know and always ask for identification. Official visitors won’t mind you asking for identification or calling their office while they wait, close the door while you do so.
Further advice on Burglaries and Distraction Burglaries can be found by clicking the link below.
There have been more reports of thefts from vehicles and especially vans in the North Horsham and Warnham areas.
Tradesman are advised to visibly mark all machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or forensic marking kit and to place a sticker on the window to say you have done so, this signage alone can be a very effective deterrent.
The engagement team are organising pop up events over the next month or so to speak to tradesman and these are likely to be at trading estates.
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