BURGLARIES in Seaford are on the increase, with the new year seeing four reported in the space of a week.
Lead thefts in town have also risen and the figures have caused concern among Seaford Town Councillors, with one calling the news ‘disturbing’.
Acting Sergeant Chris Wright, who is taking over the role of Sergeant until April when he will hopefully return to his position, announced the rise in crimes at a council meeting last week and said police are planning on stepping up patrols.
He explained that three burglaries and one attempted burglary had been reported to police within a week earlier this month.
Since the middle of November last year there had been 17 reports of the crime.
Sgt Wright, who has been with Sussex Police for 10 years, said he was working on increasing communication with residents in a bid to combat the problem.
He added, “On a more positive note we suffered the theft of charity boxes in some shops during autumn and we have a person on bail in relation to this.”
Sgt Wright added there had been a robbery where police were able to make an arrest due to being on the scene quickly, adding, “We have seen some positives - most recently a robbery at a garage at Texaco station we stopped and arrested an individual.
“If anyone is going to do anything about it and catch the offenders my goodness they (Seaford team) will do it.
“It’s an excellent team we have here.”
Councillor Ian White said, “It’s disturbing to see we’ve had some increases in some more serious of crimes.
“It’s worrying this coincides with the news of the changes that have taken place and there’s the withdrawal of response vehicles in the town.
“It’s a good opportunity for you now to assure members of the public that police levels in the town remain as high as they’ve ever been.”
Response officers used to be based in the town but in September that changed, with teams based in five different hubs across East Sussex. In September last year response officers moved to Hastings, Battle, Eastbourne, Lewes and Uckfield.
New Responsive Investigation Teams (RIT) were also implemented and based at Uckfield, Eastbourne and Hastings at the end of September.
The move effectively means response officers continue to attend emergency and priority calls but hand over the investigation to the dedicated RIT allowing them to get back out on the streets more quickly.
Sgt Bennett responded to Cllr White by saying there had been a divisional restructure but it did not mean there was less coverage, “When we started having spikes of burglary and theft the police want to deal with and catch these people and they have a passion.”