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Thursday, 5 November 2020

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Sussex's Chief Constable 'disappointed' by weekend Covid19 breaches

Sussex’s Chief Constable has described a string of Covid19 breaches over the weekend as ‘disappointing and selfish’.

As England prepares for a second lockdown, Jo Shiner said police enforcement activity would be stepped up to address the behaviour of people knowingly breaking the rules in the coming days and weeks to help protect the NHS and save lives.

Police were called to a number of disorder incidents across the county over the weekend, with some officers experiencing both verbal and physical abuse. The incidents included:

·       A house party involving mo re than 100 people at a property in Norwich Drive, Brighton. A £10,000 fine was issued to the organiser – the first £10,000 issued in Sussex
·       A gathering in Stanmer Park. The group were dispersed and music equipment seized
·       A gathering at the University of Sussex campus in Falmer. A section 34 dispersal order was issued and warning letters to students issued
·       Disorder in Brighton city centre once pubs and bars were closed at 10pm
·       A section 34 dispersal order was issued in Maidenbower Square, Crawley, due to anti-social behaviour being committed by a group of young people.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone and we are all being affected by the current situation in one way or another. Throughout the entire pandemic, Sussex Police have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the Covid19 regulations from the vast majority of Sussex residents and visitors who are trying their best to adapt to the changing situation. We will continue to take a proportionate approach, to understand people’s circumstances, and engage, explain and encourage compliance ahead of any enforcement.

“However, I am saddened to say that a minority of people are acting irresponsible by testing the boundaries and, in some cases, blatantly flouting government regulations with a complete disregard for the impact of this disease on others and, I want to make it clear, it is not just students and young people.  This behaviour will not be tolerated and those who choose to knowingly break the rules will be fined. We will be turning up the dial on enforcement where people are blatantly disregarding regulations which risk the acceleration of the spread of Covid in Sussex. This will include additional patrols in hot spot areas where fines will be issued to those who do not comply.

“I am also disappointed to say that unfortunately, a number of my front line colleagues over the weekend suffered injuries and were subjected to both verbal and physical abuse. Our officers and staff find themselves in a wide variety of often unpredictable and fast moving situations, however the behaviour some of them had to experience on the weekend was simply appalling. I continue to be very clear that any assaults on those front line workers doing their very best to protect the law abiding public will be dealt with firmly.

“None of us would ever choose to be in our current position, and I empathise hugely with those who have lost loved ones, or whose business and employment has been affected. It is now more important than ever for us all to work together, support one another and ensure we are all adhering to the latest government guidance. We need to protect the NHS and save lives by helping to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Local authorities and partner across Sussex are continuing to work together to help people manage the latest restrictions.

The Sussex Resilience Forum will continue to effectively co-ordinate the response to the pandemic alongside key partners.

SRF chair Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “I understand the challenges that this latest lockdown will bring and thank the public for their continued support and cooperation. By following the latest measures they will helping protect the NHS and save lives.

“The SRF will respond to the latest information from the government regarding the lockdown when it is known. We are committed to continue working as a collective forum to provide support and consistency in the response to the pandemic across Sussex.” 

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is supportive of the Chief Constable’s decision to increase enforcement against those who continue to flout Covid rules. She says: “I recognise how disheartening it is for the public to hear of another lockdown situation but, with Covid cases rising, now is not the time to be indifferent and break the rules put in place to keep us safe and protect our NHS. 

“I want to thank the majority of Sussex residents who have played their part during the pandemic. However, it is disappointing that we have had such a show over the weekend of those who want to flout the law. 

“I support Chief Constable Shiner’s decision to increase enforcement and I hope that the promise of a significant fine for blatant rule breakers will serve as a strong deterrent at this time. 

“The demand on policing is now back to pre-Covid levels. Please remember that every time an officer is called away to deal with a Covid rule-breaker, that is one less officer available to support a vulnerable person or catch a dangerous criminal.

“I’m urging all Sussex residents to play your part in reducing the spread of this virus and ultimately help lessen the strain on our emergency service workers. Please show respect for those on the frontline risking it all to keep us safe.”

How to keep burglars out of your business

You’ve invested a great deal of time, energy and money in your business premises, but burglars are cunning and make it their business to gain entry to it. Below you'll find advice on how to deter them.

Protect your business from the outside in

1. A well-maintained exterior free of rubbish and graffiti will reduce the likelihood of your business being targeted by criminals. So try to remove any graffiti. If any appears on a nearby wall or structure, call the local council who will send their specialist team.

2. Identify areas that may be vulnerable to forced entry and have them made more secure.

3. Make sure any service doors are locked and secure when not in use.

4. Make sure you have a monitored alarm and that it’s fully operational. For advice and approved suppliers of alarms and CCTV, visit the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems Alarms Inspection Board.

5. Make sure your CCTV is operational, provides facial recognition as well as good quality images and covers any vulnerable areas. 24-hour digital CCTV is also highly recommended. You'll find useful advice on buying surveillance equipment, from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. 

6. Make sure that wheelie bins are stored away as these can be climbed on to gain access to the building, especially via the first floor.

7. Make sure there is sufficient lighting around the premises, especially loading areas.

8. Consider moving high-value goods away from display windows overnight.

9. Prune any overgrown bushes or nearby trees, as they can provide cover for anyone trying to hide from view.

10. Doors and windows are particularly vulnerable – use security-rated products to make them more burglar-resistant. For more details visit Secure by Design.

11. External shutters, although effective, may require planning approval. Use attack-resistant laminated glass in sturdy frames where possible. Alternatively, film can be applied to glass to make it more resilient.

12. Anti-ram raider bollards mounted externally can be used to protect frontages but may require planning approval.

13. Try not to keep cash on the premises and always use a bolted-down safe with a time lock and anti-tamper sensors that trigger an alarm.

14. Make sure stockrooms are locked and, where possible, keep stock out of sight.

15. Smoke-generating devices that activate on unauthorised entry create a smokescreen and foil burglary. They're designed not to damage stock.

16. Make sure your keys are not left on the premises and that only designated staff have access. In case of emergency, make sure there’s a list of keyholders who can be contacted.

Online security

Your digital assets are just as much at risk as your physical ones. That’s why you need to protect them, especially if you’re a small business with everything on a laptop. For more advice on how to back up your electronic data and stay safe from online fraud, visit our page on ecommerce, online and telephone fraud. 

Crime summary

A burglary occurred on Eastbourne Road, Willingdon, on 31/10/2020, the suspect(s) broke into the house by using a tool to damage the back door in order to gain entry. It is not known at this time what has been stolen from the premises (Ref: 47200188132)

A burglary was committed in Hartfield, Edenbridge to a commercial premises on 01/11/2020. The suspect(s) used a tool to force the front doors of the premises open and stole high value stock from within (Ref: 47200188652)

An attempted burglary occurred on Station Road, Hailsham, on 31/10/2020, which involved an individual seen on CCTV attempting to gain access to a residential garage and then try and gain entry to the front door. Fortunately no access was gained (Ref: 47200188704)

A further burglary occurred on Collingwood Rise, Heathfield, between 22/10/2020 – 01/11/2020  in which a shed was broken into by breaking the lock and garden machinery stolen from within (Ref: 47200188821)
Help us keep Sussex safe

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