Residents across Wealden are being warned about thefts from sheds and outbuildings this summer by Sussex Police.
Inspector Tony Wakefield said the Wealden district suffers with thefts from people’s outbuildings and sheds.
He says it is a matter the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team take very seriously and they put a lot of work in behind the scenes to identify and catch the culprits.
Insp Wakefield said, “In the last week we have made three separate arrests and today I am overseeing yet another arrest of a suspect from Dorset. When we make these arrests we often recover property which we believe to be linked to crime but frustratingly often we are unable to trace the original owner. In order to assist us in our investigations.”
To help reunite property with its owner, the police are operating a free property marking scheme called Operation Creosote which focuses on this type of theft.
The police are using metallic marker pens to put the postcode on property, which is then coated with an acrylic lacquer.
Local Police Community Support Officers have access to this marking equipment and residents can call them to make an appointment.
Insp Wakefield said, “The main challenge we face is that our district has over 60,000 households and we would like to get to all of them.”
He made a direct appeal to residents and said, “I’m asking that you help us to help you and arrange a marking session for your area.
“This could be as simple as getting a few neighbours together or maybe a few streets before you contact your local officer. In this way they can have the best impact on their visit and get as much covered in the time available.
“Please help us to beat this crime, keep you and your property safe and make Wealden a difficult place for criminals to be.”
Visit www.sussex.police.uk to find contact details of the officers in your area.