Wealden crooks snared by tracking devices

A THIEF was arrested after police used tracking devices on various items around Wealden. The latest tracking device proved immediately successful after a man was arrested for stealing goods. A number of devices were placed at about 2pm on April 25. One was stolen at 5pm and by 9pm the man was in custody having been arrested for theft.

Wealden District Commander CI Dick Coates “This type of tracking device, placed in various items of bait is proving extremely successful across the District. We can place our devices in almost any item, and my message to any criminals out there would be don’t risk it. You don’t know if the item you are taking is actually one of our bait devices.

“The best way of avoiding police knocking on your door is not to steal. Bait will continue to be deployed across the District. I see this as one of a number of tactics at my disposal to detect and prevent crime. Most of it is the responsibility of a small number of people who commit numerous crimes before getting caught. I want to catch them early, prevent further crimes across the area and stop the misery people suffer as victims of crime.”