Warnings over car break-in spree in Stone Cross

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Residents in Wealden are being urged not to keep valuable items in their cars after a spate of vehicle crime in Stone Cross.

In the Wealden District Commander’s message, Chief Inspector Gary Pike said there had been a number of thefts from the area in two nights.

He said the offenders broke windows to get into the cars and then got into glove boxes and centre consoles to remove items of value.

He said: “Some vehicles have also been left unlocked with items inside and on display. I would urge you not to leave items of value in your vehicle when unattended.

“If you would like to speak with somebody regarding crime prevention advice please contact your local PCSO who will be more than happy to go through this for you.”

The commander said despite the recent breakins Wealden is still one of the safest places to live in the country with police continuing to see a ‘significant reduction’ in dwelling burglaries.

The commander said the force has also been promoting safe internet use throughout Wealden.

Chief Inspector Pike met with Phil Matthews, principle of Hailsham Community College, to talk about the school’s role in keeping pupils safe.

He said: “We have recently been promoting safe internet use across Wealden for children.

“More and younger people have easy access to the internet through computers, smart phones and tablets.

“Social networking sites are extremely popular with teenagers.

“Chances are your children know more about the internet than you, which is why we need to ensure a measured approach to keeping our children safe online.

“There are many websites available that have good advice for parents and carers. Speak with your children and ask them: Do you really know everybody on your ‘friends’ list?

“Do you know how to use and set privacy and security settings? Can you show me how?

“Do you ever get messages from strangers? If so, how do you handle them?

“Do you know anyone who has made plans to meet someone offline that they’ve only ever spoken to online?

“Are people in your group of friends ever mean to each other, or to other people, online or on phones? If so, what do they say? Has anyone ever been mean to you? Would you tell me about it if they were?”

If you see any suspicious behaviour in the Wealden area call the police on 101 or report it online via www.sussex.police.uk