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Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.

The  main aim of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is to create a partnership between the local community, the police and the local authority.

Neighbourhood Watch started in the UK in 1982. There are now some 150,000 schemes running throughout the UK covering nearly five million households, which makes Neighbourhood Watch the largest voluntary movement in the country.

What can Neighbourhood Watch schemes do?

They can target local crime problems and take action to prevent them. In consultation with the local police they can find out from local people what crimes most concern and affect them and focus on those specific problems.

Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.

Traditional Neighbourhood Watch activity has focused on the immediate vicinity of homes. However, more and more schemes are now broadening their range of work.

Local problems such as combating anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti are well within the scope of a well-organised neighbourhood watch scheme. You can also take action such as fitting more secure door and window locks in vulnerable homes. You could also lobby the local authority, for example, to improve street lighting or step up the security of a communal entrance.

For more information contact Ray Ingram

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Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.

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November 3, 2017

Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team

Rogue trader warning

Police are asking residents to be on their guard for rogue traders following an incident that happened in Hailsham recently. A man called at the house of an elderly lady in Sussex Avenue and offered to cut the garden hedge for £250. He also asked to go upstairs in the house – but this was refused and the man left.Rogue traders are callous individuals who often target the most vulnerable and elderly in our communities.Police advice is never, ever agree to works or services offered by doorstep callers who arrive unannounced. We would ask relatives, friends and neighbours of vulnerable or elderly people to keep an eye on them to ensure that they do not fall victim to criminals, and to report any suspicious behaviour immediately by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.

Suspicious vehicle seen in Mayfield

Police received a report about a suspicious vehicle that was seen in The Avenue, Mayfield at around 8.15am on Tuesday 19 January.

The car is described as a scruffy looking pale blue Ford hatchback. The two men that were in the vehicle asked a person for the postcode of the area. They are described as both being in their early twenties. The driver is described as having thin black hair and wearing a blue scarf and dark coloured anorak. The car drove off in the direction of the High Street and then looped East-bound to travel down the High Street.

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 0596 of 19/01. Alternatively, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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