Police are putting on extra patrols to catch burglars after a rise in the number of break-ins in Eastbourne.
Most of these crimes have taken place overnight but some occurred during the day. Homes, business premises and garages have all been targeted.
Police are advising property owners to ensure their premises are left fully secured when not occupied.
Inspector Damen Funnell, of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, “Whilst the overall crime rates remain low I would urge all residents and business owners to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Sussex Police on 101. If you think a crime is about to happen or is in progress please dial 999.
“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“I want to reassure the community that the police are doing all they can to deter and catch those responsible by putting on extra patrols.”
Sussex Police offer the following crime prevention advice to help protect your homes and businesses:
Use an automatic time switch on an indoor light, either in a room that cannot be peered into from the road, or upstairs. Regularly change the timing on the switch.
Put a time switch on a radio that has been tuned to a chat station, this will give the impression that the house is occupied. Regularly change the timing on the switch.
Fit security lighting, either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that will come on automatically as dusk sets in, or brighter passive infrared activated lighting drawing attention to movement.
Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure. Don’t forget to lock your shed; your tools can be used to break in.
Trim overgrown plants - don’t give burglars a hiding place.
Secure windows, paying particular attention to those on the ground floor and above flat roof areas. Use locks and bolts and keep all your keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach.
Property-mark your valuables by using your postcode and your house number or name. Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them - with a ruler in view to show scale.
Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars. Before choosing a system ensure it is the one most suitable for your needs.
For further crime prevention information and what to do if you are a victim of burglary please visit the following link: http://www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/ask-us/theft-and-burglary.