Eastbourne Police have arrested a suspect just days after launching Operation Sandy – targeting thefts from unattended motor vehicles.
Officers detained a 33-year-old man on suspicion of stealing from parked cars in the Roselands area of the town.
He has been interviewed and bailed while enquiries continue.
PC Dan Cloake, operations co-ordinator in Eastbourne, said, “A significant number of thefts are from vehicles that have not been locked.
“I’d like to remind motorists to always secure their vehicles when leaving them, even if only briefly.
“And with remote locking now common, don’t just rely on the key fob – always double check that doors are secure.”
PC Cloake also urged drivers not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles, or at least to hide them from view to deter opportunist thefts.
As part of the Neighbourhood Policing Team’s determination to tackle vehicle crime, closed circuit television and extra patrols are being deployed in vulnerable areas.
Residents are also being made aware of vehicle break-ins near their homes so that they can be on the look out for any suspicious people or activity.
PC Cloake said, “If anyone saw a man acting suspiciously in Moy Avenue, Eastbourne, at around 8.30pm on Thursday (17 July) we would particularly like to hear from them.”
Anyone with information should phone Sussex Police on 101 or email email@example.com, quoting serial 1390 of 17/7.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.