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Lewes and Seahaven Police Weekly News and Alerts
Alert message sent 28/10/2021 14:29:00
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Thursday 28th October 2021
Lewes and Seahaven Police weekly News and Alerts
Community Meetings This Week
This week your Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out and about in our Police engagement van.
On Monday in Lewes Town Centre, and Thursday in Seaford, officers met and spoke to local residents, and shoppers around recent scams, ASB around the area and what work is being done locally to target these issues.
Officers also gave out leaflets for Halloween to either welcome or deter trick or treaters (which you can download online on the link given further down in this alert)
A number of issues were raised by residents in both Lewes and Seaford, all of which will help to not only form a picture of local crime in the area, but also help to plan our patrols in coming weeks - all reports help to direct our patrols to areas that have seen an increase in crime, ASB, speeding or drug use, please continue to report crimes and suspicions to us online or to 101.
Always call 999 in an emergency/crime in action.
Witnesses sought after fight in Newhaven
Police are investigating a report of a fight involving a large group of teenagers in Dacre Road, Newhaven, on Monday (25 October).
Officers responded to the incident in Dacre Road which happened around 3:20pm.
Around 25-minutes later officers were called to Newhaven railway station where there was another disturbance involving the teenagers.
The group were a mixture of boys and girls thought to be aged between 13 and 16 and predominantly wearing tracksuits.
PC Marcus Knight from the Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team said: ''This must have been a shocking incident to witness, particularly in the middle of the afternoon in a busy high street area.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who has information about this incident, and in particular anyone who has video footage of it taking place. This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and we would like to reassure the local community that it will not be tolerated.''
Anyone who saw what happened or has any information which could help our investigation, is asked to report online or by calling 101 quoting serial 830 of 25/10.
Protect Your Home From Burglary This Autumn
Sussex Police is reminding residents to review their home security as we approach the clocks going back this weekend.
With longer nights drawing in, we want residents to think about the hidden security risks around their homes, and make it more difficult for opportunist burglary.
Sussex remains a safe place to live and work. Our burglary solved rate has increased over the last few months and we continue to concentrate our efforts to catch criminals and protect our communities from this crime type.
Sussex Police is committed to reducing burglary in Sussex and catch those response. Recently, officers stopped a cloned white Citroen van on suspicion of being linked to multiple burglaries across Sussex. Officers found number of stolen tools, power tools and assorted gardening equipment. Two men were subsequently arrested.
Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, said: “Having your property burgled can be one of the most upsetting and destructive crimes to occur and we are committed to do all we can to reduce this crime and catch those responsible.
“Sussex is a safe county and suffers from relatively low levels of burglary and we intend to work to continue to make our county an inhospitable place for burglars to operate.”
The Sussex Police website has a wealth of crime prevention advice which you can share with our local communities here.
Sussex Police is reminding people that if they are getting involved in Halloween activities over the coming weeks, 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.
To make it easy to see who doesn’t wish to be disturbed, Sussex Police have produced some posters which you can display in your window, either welcoming or asking for no callers, you can obtain one of these at your local Police Station at Lewes Police Station.
ASB Operation Blitz Patrols
Call 07989188960 (1600-2200 each Friday & Saturday) to report to officers out on the ground if you witness/become victim of ASB including ASB driving across the districts of Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Ringmer areas.
Each week teams made up of both PCs and PCSOs take to the streets on additional patrols to areas reported by your communities as having seen an increase in ASB and youth related crime and disorder.
ASB can have a lasting effect on local communities and often leads to more serious offences, such as theft and criminal damage - if you are experiencing issues of ASB in your towns or villages please report it to us at the time, all your reports help to plan these additional weekend patrols in areas which have been affected the most.
Outside of these times please report it via 101/online, or 999 in an emergency.
A small number of garage and shed burglaries have been reported this week across areas of Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford.
Including in Headland Way Peacehaven, The Causeway Seaford, and Haven Way in Newhaven.
Please take the time to review your garage, or shed security and follow our advice below.
Consider a battery-operated alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option.
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.
This week, data from Action Fraud; the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, reveals that £10,325,133 has been lost by victims; more than often who are elderly or vulnerable, to courier fraud since the start of this year – an increase of almost two thirds (63 per cent) compared to the same period last year.
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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