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Tuesday 2nd November 2021


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Project to help 'make safe' hospitality sector for children in Sussex
Police across Sussex are working with hotels and boarding houses in a project to help keep young people safe.
Now that the hospitality industry is beginning to operate as normal again, and as lockdown lifts and schools have also re-opened, there is an increased risk of perpetrators targeting students, looking to exploit them now that school children are no longer staying at home.
'Operation Make safe' is a national project, looking to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation with employees and management in the hotel and leisure industry. The initiative focuses on making sure that people working within these sectors are aware of the early warning signs of Child Exploitation and can report concerns to the police.
Starting on 18 October, PCSOs have begun a programme of engagement with local hotels and B&Bs, visiting locations and interacting with staff and management, and distributing briefing material that explains what they should be alert for and how to report it.
 
There are many things that hoteliers and all those in the hospitality industry can look out, some of the things are:
Guests who appear secretive about their visit or guests who try to conceal who they’re with
Guests refusing to leave credit card imprint and pay with cash
Guests requesting a room that is isolated
Guests who don’t want their room cleaned or visited
Guests who do not have any luggage or ID
Young people with boyfriends/girlfriends who seem to be much older
A pre-paid bar tab to a room where children stay
Use of porn channels in rooms with children
Guests with a local address renting a room
Guest rooms with a lot of condoms/condom wrappers, drugs/drug paraphernalia (e.g. syringes, wraps, pipes, bongs, broken light bulbs, spoons, plastic bags)
Signs of alcohol, drug, or substance misuse
 
The hotel should consider this action if those activities are suspected:
Consideration that any cash payment is supported by a PIN verified imprint of a card, and/or supported by valid ID e.g. driving licence passport
Document detailed descriptions of any suspected offenders Document detailed descriptions of the children and young people who you are concerned about
Download and secure any CCTV
Report any relevant registration number plates
Record any observations that concern you in your incident logs
Recommendations that the hotel always obtain ID / verification
 Where possible delay access to the room e.g. create delays: room not ready, take a seat, enjoy a complimentary drink, and engage child in natural conversation. The overriding message should be to do everything possible not to let them into the room
If you’re concerned about someone’s welfare and think they may be being exploited, please report it to us online or call 101. 
You can also contact independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org. 
In an emergency always call 999.
There is more to the story, to read the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/project-to-help-make-safe-hospitality-sector-for-children-in-sussex/

Advice to Sussex residents and businesses about payment diversion fraud
A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness among business owners and members of the public of the threat of payment diversion fraud (PDF).
Also known as business email compromise or mandate fraud, PDF is when criminals impersonate others and divert payments to bank accounts under their control.
The criminals contact businesses or customers via email addresses very similar to genuine accounts claiming to be from a company they have dealings with and tell the would-be victim of a change of bank details.
As a result, organisations or individuals unknowingly pay money directly to the criminals.
Please contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed and ask yourself - could this be fake? Verify all payments and supplier details directly with the company on a known phone number or in person first.
“Action Fraud contains lots of useful advice and guidance should you need to report a matter as does both the Surrey and Sussex Police websites.
“Fraud can have a devastating effect, do not allow criminals to take your money.”
Take Five to Stop Fraud advice
STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests for your financial or personal details. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed - you are not alone.
Report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime or by calling 0300 123 2040.
To read the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/advice-to-sussex-residents-and-businesses-about-payment-diversion-fraud/

More than 180 new officers recruited, with more than half being women
More women than men have joined Sussex Police during the past year as the national campaign to recruit 20,000 additional police officers surpasses the halfway stage.
It means Sussex Police is one of only eight forces across England and Wales who are ahead of the national trend which has seen 45% of all recruits being female.
The recruitment uplift has seen more, black, Asian and minority ethnic officers employed nationally across forces than at any other time in the country’s history, now making up 7.9% of all officers.
In Sussex, 52.7 per cent of our new recruits are women and 10.8 per cent of the student officers are from minority ethnic backgrounds.
More than 11,000 additional officers have joined the police as part of the national Uplift campaign – 182 of those in Sussex, putting the force well on track to reach the March 2022 target of 284 new recruits.
Sussex Police has also recruited an additional 50 officers funded by the PCC’s precept in 2020/21 and it is on its way to recruiting the 30 additional officers funded by the precept this year.
This will bring the total number of officers in Sussex to almost 3,000.
Jo Shiner, Chief Constable, said: “I am proud of our achievements so far, which has created a more diverse workforce. We remain committed to working hard to ensure our establishment reflects our communities, and supports our mission to catch criminals, protect communities and deliver an outstanding service.”
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: "I’m delighted that Sussex Police have recruited 182 new police officers under the government’s Operation Uplift programme. I know that residents want to see a more visible policing presence in their communities and these extra officers, alongside the 50 additional police officers recruited from the precept element on council tax, will help to deliver this.
“I’m also pleased to see that Sussex is one of eight forces to have recruited more women than men and that the number of recruits from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has also increased, helping to ensure that Sussex Police properly reflect the communities that they serve.”
Currently there are more than 1,800 people signed up for recruitment alerts ahead of the next wave of recruitment, which will commence in December. Find out how to sign up for the email alerts and how to become a new recruit at Sussex Police here. 
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/more-than-180-new-officers-recruited-with-more-than-half-being-women/

Appeal to find rare e-bike stolen outside a premises in Lancing
Police are appealing for information following the theft of a rare electric bicycle in Lancing.
The bicycle was stolen from outside a premises in Marlborough Road at Lancing Business Park between 4pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday, October 26.
Moped riders were seen in the grounds of the premises at the time of the offence.
The owner says the bicycle has a golden handlebar frame, black bodywork, and thick dirt road tyres.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about the theft is asked to report it to Sussex Police online or call 101, quoting serial 1228 of 26/10.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/witness-appeals/appeal-to-find-rare-e-bike-stolen-outside-a-premises-in-lancing/ 
 
Crime summary
Marine parade, Worthing – approximately 1700hrs 26th October, an attempt was made to steal a motorcycle. The attempt failed and nothing was stolen. Cad 0990 26/10/21.
Belsize Road., Worthing – overnight between 31st October and 1st November, a window was damaged and someone has entered the property, jewellery, a purse and van keys were stolen, subsequently a van was stolen.  Cad 0263 01/11/21.
New Brunswick Drive, Worthing – approximately 2330hrs 30th October, a van was damaged and entered and some items were stolen. Cad 1540 30/10/21. 
Manor Close, Southwick – overnight between 30th and 31st October, a vehicle was entered and items including a tool kit, binoculars and some small change were stolen. No damage was caused to the vehicle. Cad 0418 31/10/21.
Tarring Road, Worthing – between 2100hrs 31st October and 0215hrs 1st November, two vehicles were entered, some loose change was taken and a wing mirror was damaged. Cad 0131 01/11/2021.
Newtimber Avenue, Goring – between 29th October and 0800hrs 1st November, power tools were stolen from an unattended van. No damage was caused to the van. Cad 0558 01/11/2021.
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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

 

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