Drop in burglaries across Wealden

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The district commander for Wealden says there has been a ‘significant’ reduction in burglaries and theft in the district in the past few months.

Chief Inspector Gary Pike said there has been a reduction of theft of garden equipment from sheds, garages and outbuildings.

But he asked people to remain vigilent and report any suspicious activity in the area as break-ins are still taking place.

In his district commander’s message, Chief Inspector Pike said: “I am extremely pleased to report that Wealden have seen another month where we have seen a great reduction in burglaries.

“This is all the more impressive when you bear in mind that we have over 70,000 homes across our district.

“We have been working tirelessly to ensure that Wealden stays one of the safest places in the country to live and visit.

“However we are still seeing breaks to these buildings [sheds, garages and outbuildings] all over Wealden. Items that seem to be targeted include branded chainsaws and hedge cutters.

“The Neighbourhood Police Team do offer free property marking for all residents, however, I would always urge anyone to seriously look at their security and make significant improvements. Shed alarms do seem to be the best deterrent to thieves, with a number of calls made to us where an attempted break was thwarted due to an alarm activating.

“Your local PCSO will be more than happy to discuss crime prevention with you further if you wish.”

During Christmas the Wealden domestic violence car was out responding to reports.

Chief Inspector Pike continued: “Historically we have seen an increase in reported cases of domestic violence. Sussex police have undertaken increased publicity over the last two months around domestic violence. This campaign is aimed at those who suffer and helps them find the support they need.

“We urge anyone that witnesses domestic violence to report it immediately. Don’t turn a blind eye; help us make contact with the victims so we can help them.”

If you witness anything suspicious in the Wealden area contact Sussex Police on 101.

Inspector Pike added: “Many of the calls that we receive from residents assist us in tracking down criminals and help in building intelligence for future operations.”