Burglary spree in Boxted and Hadlow Down prompts Sussex Police warning

POLICE are warning Buxted and Hadlow Down residents to be aware of suspicious activity after six burglaries or attempted burglaries have been reported in the area since February 10.

They say these mainly happen during the evening or overnight when would-be intruders either force doors or windows or get in through unlocked doors.

Between Friday and Saturday, February 10-11 a house in Framfield Road, Buxted was broken into and cash and electrical items stolen. then a house in Hurstwood Road, Buxted was broken into between Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19 but burglars appear to have been disturbed by an alarm and nothing was stolen.

On February 18 a house in Hasingford Lane, Hadlow Down, was broken into but once again intruders were disturbed by an alarm.

Electrical items were taken when a house in Nan Tucks Lane, Buxted was broken into on Monday, February 20 and electrical goods and money stolen from a home in Etchingwood Lane, Buxted between Sunday and Monday, February 19-20.

An alarm wrecked attempts to break into another house, this time in Wilderness Lane, Hadlow Down between Monday and Tuesday, February 20-21 and nothing was stolen.

DC Alex Campbell of East Sussex priority crime team said: “We would ask everyone to ensure that all doors and windows are locked, especially overnight or while you are out, and to report anything suspicious to police on 999 if it is taking place, otherwise via 101 quoting Operation Discover.

“On three occasions the offenders have been disturbed by intruder alarms at the properties. We would ask local residents to listen out for any alarms and contact police if these are believed to have been activated in suspicious circumstances.

“It is also recommended that photographs of expensive items you may have in your home are kept and you have full details, including serial numbers, of your personal belongings.”

Anyone with information regarding any of these burglaries is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Discover or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.