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Sussex Police ‘good’ at reducing crime and keeping people safe

Sussex Police has welcomed an annual inspection report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
The report reflects an inspection from nearly a year ago, in April 2019, and HMICFRS recognise the progress the force has already made against their findings.
The Inspectorate found that Sussex Police is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe and in how it treats the public and its workforce.
While the report acknowledges that Sussex Police has improved its ability to identify vulnerable people and that officers and staff assess vulnerability well, it has asked for further improvements in this area and in its efficiency overall.
The inspection team found that the force:
has a clear plan for neighbourhood policing with on-going investment in increasing its presence in local communities and in its investigative capabilities
has a good understanding of public demand, including uncovering ‘hidden demand’, and at planning future demand using innovative technology but could do more to address current lower risk issues
is ethical and good at treating its employees and the public fairly
Read more here

Police arrested a man within minutes of a report of an armed robbery at a post office in Burgess Hill and an attempted robbery of a woman.
Officers were called to the Worlds End Post Office in Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, to a report of a man threatening the shop worker with a knife after demanding he had over a bottle of alcohol at 7.53pm on Monday (10 February). The suspect fled while police were searching for him they received another report that the suspect had tried to rob a woman earlier in St Wilfreds Road. No one was hurt in both incidents, a 23 year Old man from Crawley has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbing and assaulting a police officer and possession of cannabis. He has been released on bail until 9th March.  We would still like to hear from anyone who witnesses either of the two incidents. Please report online or ring 101 quoting serial1371 of 10/02

Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter February 2020
Dyno-Rod scam
Sussex Police has received a high volume of reports relating to doorstep callers and telephone callers claiming to be from Dyno-Rod, with West Sussex and Brighton and Hove residents mainly targeted.
A man knocks on the victim’s door, claims to be from Dyno-Rod, and suggests there is a drainage issue in the area that needs fixing. The man then asks for payment to supply equipment or fix the drainage issue. Often the suspect asks for bank cards rather than cash or cheque. Some of the victims have given bank cards to these men who have then used them to withdraw thousands of pounds.
In some cases, victims have received a telephone call first stating there is a drainage problem and then had a courier attend their address to collect money or bank cards.
In one case, a 63 year old man from Brighton received a call from a man claiming to be from the council. The caller suggested there was a problem with the sewage system in the street and asked the victim to pay for two machines from Dyno-Rod to fix the issue. The caller told the victim if he didn’t pay there would be further problems and blockages. This phone call was followed up by a doorstep caller claiming to be from Dyno-Rod who asked for the payment. The victim handed him £800 never to see the man again.
You can read more about recent scams in our Fraud Newsletter here.

You can view our Surrey & Sussex CCU Newsletter – February 2020 here.

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Patricia Dejesus (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Sussex)

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