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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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January 29, 2024

Sussex Alerts - Wealden Police

Friday 26th January 2024

Weekly arrests

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Over 10 arrests already made this week across the district for varying offences including, drug possession, criminal damage, drink driving, and 3 in for assaults.

As we head into the weekend the safety and welfare of our local communities remains a top priority; regular patrols of your towns and villages continue into the weekend, and as always we encourage residents to report anything we need to know about at the time.

101 / online at www.sussex.police.uk for all non-emergencies, and always by calling 999 in an emergency.

OCG arrests and seizures made

An organsied crime group (OCG) disguised class A and B drugs as bath salts and beauty products for export from Sussex.

Police discovered two holdalls containing nearly £1 million worth of MDMA (ecstasy) at a farm near Shoreham, prompting an investigation.

The group had tried to send packages to the USA and Australia via a courier service using false packaging, but most of the deliveries were intercepted.

Now, all eight defendants involved have been convicted for their roles in the criminality, read the full story online here.

Patrols this week

Already this week a number of patrols have taken place across the district to disrupt and identify those involved in anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Including in Hellingly (pictured) following reports from local residents around youth related ASB in the area around the community centre.

We know the effects ASB can have on local communities, and anyone found to be committing offences will be spoken to and appropriate actions taken.

Remember, additional patrols this weekend aimed at deterring, disrupting and identifying those involved in any anti-social behaviour (ASB) will be out again this Friday and Saturday from 3pm – midnight.

Each week residents across Wealden, can call the team directly on 07770 700642 to report any anti-social behaviour, including ASB driving they witness across the district.

Outside of these times, please continue to report either by calling 101 or reporting online.

All community reports help to direct additional weekend patrols in areas that have seen an increase in both ASB, and youth related crime and disorder.

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Elsewhere on the district Officers have been out visiting victims of recent scams and frauds.

Officers paid a visit to Sycamore Grove Care Home, in Polegate as part of our continued commitment to safeguarding vulnerable community members and to offer reassurances and some valuable crime prevention advice to further protect residents from scams and fraud.

As well as keeping communities safe, teams play a vital role in being a direct link with local communities,, your Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) across the district are here for you, working 365 days a year to improve public safety, and respond to your community concerns.

PCSO's also visited Montessori School in Framfield to meet with teachers and three very keen pupils who are completing a project about Policing. They wanted to learn more about the various roles within policing including the PCSO role.

Violence against women and girls

Understanding your experiences - your voice matters.

We are dedicated to tackling violence against women and girls. To continue our efforts, we’re running a survey so we can hear your experiences, to complete click here.

Sussex Police relies on your feedback to improve our services. The results will be used to further improve what we do with the aim of making Sussex safer for everyone. They will influence how we make decisions on where we prioritise our policing services and help us to provide better information to victims of crime about the services we provide.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous, unless you have identified yourself within the responses you give.

Sussex Police will be sharing your responses with SMSR Market Research and Analysis. Please be assured that even if there is identifiable information you have entered, only anonymised information will be shared and you will not be contacted by SMSR. By submitting the survey responses, you confirm your consent to participate in this survey.

Further information on how Sussex Police processes your information can also be found on our website.

Click, Call, Connect

For non-emergency incidents or crime prevention advice, click www.sussex.police.uk,  (If you report a crime online, we will assess it in the same way as a 101 call).

Call 101 when you don’t require an urgent response.

In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us using TypeTalk on 18000 or by sending a text to 65999.

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