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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts
Alert message sent 29/10/2020 19:02:00
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Thursday 29th October 2020
Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team News and Alerts
Additional Officers for ASB patrols this weekend
At this time of year there is often an increase in anti-social behaviour, which can distress and worry many residents.
Additional Officers will be deployed this evening on our ASB targeting patrols, Op Blitz this Friday and Saturday- call 07989188960 between 1600-2200 (both Friday and Saturday) to report ASB directly to officers out on patrol.
We will also be out reminding people that if they are getting involved in Halloween activities over this period that they be considerate to their neighbours and respectful of others’ property.
For the vast majority, Halloween is great fun and a time to celebrate with friends and family, but for some elderly and vulnerable people, or those living alone, some people’s behaviour can be intimidating.
Chief Inspector Jon Carter said: "This year we are urging people to celebrate Halloween in a responsible way and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
"We are here to make sure that everyone can still enjoy Halloween by focussing our resources in the right places and working closely with our partners and communities. "We will also be engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly, reminding them to follow COVID-19 guidelines and following the rule of six.
"There will be increased patrols to deter any anti-social behaviour and provide a reassuring presence; officers will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance. "It is important to stress that the majority of people behave safely and responsibly, however, we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and will take action where necessary."
Sussex Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year. Outside of these times report ASB online or to 101, and always call 999 in an emergency.
Stay Safe This Halloween
This year we’re asking members of the public to be responsible and continue to take precautions in doing things that will likely increase contact with others outside of your household. That means observing social distancing guidelines whilst interacting with people outside your household. There are still ways to celebrate Hallowe’en while still staying safe:
🎃Take part in the Sussex Police Hallowe’en competition - take photos of your Hallowe’en decorations or pumpkins for a chance to win a visit to meet one of our police dogs. Find full details on our Lewes Police Facebook page.
🎃Take part in The Pumpkin Trail - similar to the Rainbow Trail for the NHS, trick or treaters take part in 'pumpkin spotting'. Every time your child spots a pumpkin, you reward them with a treat.
🎃Spooky Hallowe’en hunt - hide Hallowe’en sweets and treats around your homes or gardens as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
🎃Hallowe’en at home - watch spooky films, carve pumpkins, or bake Hallowe’en treats.
🎃Be virtual - consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Hallowe’en games, or tell spooky stories.
🎃Decorate - dress up your house with Hallowe’en decorations for you and your family to enjoy.
A business address off Newhaven Square, Newhaven was broken into late evening of the 27th October. Unknown suspects have forced a rear door to gain entry, fortunately nothing was taken. (1138 of 27/10 relates)
Cash was targeted at a business address of South Coast Road, Peacehaven overnight on the 24th October. Owners have arrived on the 25th to find the windows of the property smashed and an entry had been made. (297 of 25/10 relates)
Gardening tools were stolen from a locked garage at a property off East Grinstead Road, East Grinstead on the 23rd October. (0029 of 24/10 relates)
There have been no further reports of burglaries across the Lewes district this week.
For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found here.
If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.
Action Fraud scam watch
Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported?
This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:
With more stores reopening, and online shopping slots becoming available, please take the time to refresh your online security, only trust known websites, and remember offers that sound too good to be true generally are. More support and advice here.
NHS Track and Trace scams, if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, please know, that you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers.
Find out more about how NHS test and trace works here, and how to spot emails and text for legitimacy.
Action Fraud’s top tips
Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud here.
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, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.
You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.
Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?
Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
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