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Lewes and Seahaven Police Weekly News and Alerts
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Thursday 5th August 2021
Lewes and Seahaven Police weekly News and Alerts
PCSO and PC Patrols This Week (Snapshot)
PCSOs play a key part of your local policing service - working alongside and supporting police officer colleagues in solving local problems; by addressing local issues by getting out into towns and villages across the district on high visibility foot patrols, gathering intelligence, meeting people and offering advice and support to members of the public.
Continuing with our commitment to increasing Road Safety, between calls PC's Knight and Wheatley carried out speed checks on Brooks Road in Lewes this week.
PC Knight said: It was good to see the majority abiding by the speed limits, although one van driver was issued a ticket for driving whilst using a mobile phone. He now faces 6 penalty points on his driving licence and a £200 fine. This is a good example of how simple speed checks can lead to us identifying drivers putting other road users at risk by committing other offences.
Driving whilst using a mobile phone is one of the fatal 5 offences that we will robustly target. You are 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash if you use your phone whilst driving. Only last week we released video footage of a horrific collision on the A27 at Lewes, caused by a driver using his phone at the wheel.
We will continue to be out and about proactively targeting those that put the majority at risk through their manner of driving. You can report anti social driving to us online.’
PCSOs from your Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out and about this week across your villages, including in Newick where residents have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour.
From aggressive, noisy or abusive behaviour to neighbourhood disturbances, antisocial behaviour takes many forms, and can lead to further offences including criminal damage.
Whilst on patrol officers spoke with locals to obtain valuable intelligence to help form a picture of ASB in the area; all information and reports from communities help us to plan proactive patrols in areas that have seen an increase in ASB or other crime - if you have witnessed any kind of anti-social behaviour (ASB) or criminal damage, report online or to 101.
Always call 999 in an emergency; where there is threat to life or property, or an offence is being committed.
PC Cox joined Ditching Community Speedwatch on Lewes Road in the week for a CSW session in the area. Speeding is one of the fatal 5 driving offences which contribute to collisions and casualties on the roads of Sussex each year; others include using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt, drink or drug driving, and careless driving.
Not only this, but drivers also face a minimum penalty of £100 and three points added to their driving licence. Receiving 12 or more points within three years may disqualify you from driving. (If you’re a newly qualified driver this is reduced to six points during the first two years after you pass your test).
If speeding is an issue in your local area, you can find out more about Community Speed Watch Groups in your town or village here.
Life-saving equipment stolen from HM Coastguard volunteer in Newhaven
Police are appealing for information after life-saving piece equipment was reported stolen by a member of HM Coastguard.
A member of the public found an orange medical case in Lawes Avenue, Newhaven in the early hours of July 21 this year.
The case was handed in to the police and the owner was traced. The owner told officers that a life-saving knife was missing from inside. A seatbelt cutter and a windscreen hammer were also missing.
The items went missing following a training exercise on board a coastguard boat on July 15 at the UTC college in Newhaven harbour.
PC Anna Batchelor is appealing for information to find the knife, which has distinctive SPYDERCO writing on the side and a small image of a spider crab. It is made of special steel designed not to rust in water.
The officer said “We are concerned that this is an expensive piece of equipment which may be dangerous if it is in the wrong hands.
“Officers want residents in Newhaven, especially parents of teenagers, to inform us if the knife is found.
“If anyone has any information please report it to us online or call 101 and quote reference 47210122539 of 21/07.”
ASB Op Blitz patrols this weekend
Patrols will be taking place in Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford, and Peacehven.
As well as regular patrols during the week, our Op Blitz ASB targeting team head out on additional patrols each Friday and Saturday between 1600-2200 - you can call them on 07989188960 between the time given to report ASB, behaviour and driving.
Outside of the times please continue to report online, or to 101, and always to 999 in an emergency/crime in action.
Catalytic Converter Thefts
There have been two thefts report this week, one in Newick and one in Burgess Hill.
Please take note of the advice below, and report any suspicious activities around parked vehicles to us at the time.
Thefts of catalytic converters can not only have a serious financial impact on victims, but also an emotional impact as it can affect their day-to-day activity and livelihoods.
Catalytic converters are stolen for the precious metals they contain, and can take offenders less than a few minutes to remove; these metals have surged in value recently, leading to more offences committed by organised crime networks.
PROTECT, MARK, PARK.
• Protect your car by asking your dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold.
• Mark your catalytic converter with a forensic marker and register your converter. Catalytic converters can be forensically marked using special liquids with a unique code detectable under a UV light. This can make it harder for thieves to dispose of stolen catalytic converters, and can lead to the detection of crime and reunite people with their property.
• Park your car somewhere well-lit and overlooked, among as many cars as possible, alternatively in a garage overnight or in a secure compound. Try to park so the converter can't be easily reached - close to a wall or fence. Try not to park at the end of the row if there are free spaces, and be aware that vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles, report it to the Police immediately - if you think it is a crime in action and a theft is occurring call 999, remember to obtain any details of a get-away vehicle, and a description of the suspects.
Summer Burglary Advice post lockdown
Lewes and Seahaven Police are reminding Sussex residents to ensure their homes, garages and outbuildings are secure as we continue to move out of lockdown.
Over the last year reports of burglary have dropped across Sussex.The lockdown measures that have been in place across the UK have undoubtedly contributed to this reduction with restrictions being lifted, and with summer approaching, we want to keep it this way. With measures lifting, and more residents heading out and enjoying social activities away from home, homes will be empty for longer periods of time.
We should anticipate that burglars will see this change in lifestyle as an opportunity and emerge to target empty properties. We know the devastating and lasting effect that burglary has on victims, please follow our latest advice on keeping your property safe this Summer.
To protect your property, you can find practical prevention tips here, including:
· protecting your home including information on door and window locks
· keeping burglars out of your property
· keeping your shed or garage safe and secure
There are also other ways to protect your personal belongings by using property marking.
Register your belongings on the free Immobilise national property register. It only takes a few minutes and increases the chances of being reunited with your property if it is stolen.
A shed was broken into overnight on the 30-31 July at a property off Wheatsheaf Gardens, Lewes.
Homeowners have noticed the window panes to their shed have been removed overnight and various items taken from inside the shed, including gas canisters. (118 of 31/07 relates)
There have been no further reports of residential burglary during the period 31/07-05/08.
Members of the public and business owners are asked to remain alert to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
There are a number of steps residents can take to property their property, including alarm systems and CCTV cameras, for a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe click 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?
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, including the latest advice on a recent scam involving your mobile number.
In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance.
Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp - for more information and advice around this scam click 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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