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Alert message sent 14/05/2020 06:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police


We are getting in touch due to receiving increased reports around Warleigh Road and Shaftesbury Road of bicycle thefts and attempted vehicle break-ins.

Officers have attended the area and spoken with some of the residents to better understand the issues and provide some crime prevention advice. We will continue to look into these crimes in the area but would like to take this opportunity to share with you some further advice on safeguarding your vehicles and bicycles.


1. Always lock it and secure all entry points
Get into the habit of locking your vehicle and securing all windows even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment.

2. Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle
Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle makes them more secure.

3. Take it with you
Valuables should always be removed from a vehicle when parked or left unattended. This also includes sat nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have possibly left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car.

4. Take your documents with you
Having a vehicle’s registration and insurance documents could let a thief pretend to be the owner. Which means they could sell it on quite easily. So, never leave any documents in the vehicle.

5. Tool theft from vans
Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, mark them clearly with your name / company name with property marking systems. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.
You can additionally take photographs of items of value, make a note of the serial numbers and register them online at a property register site. Consider also using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools

6. Park in well-lit and busier areas 
Parking in well-lit areas and busy streets increases the chances of a thief being seen.

7. Catalytic converter theft
The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft. To keep yours safe, ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer. You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.


1. Register & record it
Register you bike with BikeRegister and record identification numbers such as serial and/or frame numbers.  

2. Secure it
Invest in a good quality lock such as a D lock and remember to include both wheels when locking the bike. It is always best to securely lock a bike to a fixed point in a well lit area such as a metal rack or rail, unless there is signage saying otherwise. You can also use locking skewers or nuts to increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently,

3. Check ownership
When purchasing a second-hand bike, ask for proof of ownership and check the bike frame number on the Bike Checker at BikeRegister.

4. Act fast
If your bike has been stolen, contact us as soon as possible (you can report a crime online). Give us your frame number, BikeRegister number, a photo and any other details and make sure you update the status on BikeRegister. The sooner we know, the sooner we can act, which might stop it being sold on.

For further information and preventative advice head to our advice pages here:

To report if you have been a victim of theft you can call us on 101 (non-emergency) or use our online form:

Remember to always dial 999 in an emergency.

Kind regards,

Prevention Support Team
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Sarah Donaldson-Alldis (Police, Prevention Support & Engagement Officer, Sussex)

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