MOTORISTS and residents in Seaford should be on their guard after expensive tools were stolen from vehicles and a summer house in the space of four days.
One unlucky homeowner in Deal Avenue was targeted on June 19 when tools and a solar lamp were taken from the summer house and garden.
The burglary took place between midday and 5pm and was reported the next day.
Elsewhere in Heathfield Road a strimmer, blower and chainsaw worth around £1,500 were taken from a van which was not locked.
The vehicle was parked on a driveway while a man was working and was targeted between 9.20am and 12.30pm on June 21.
A third crime was committed the following day in Southdown Road. The passenger side of a Ford Ranger was searched and a hedge trimmer, leaf blower and other tools were ransacked.
On this occasion the offender(s) operated in a short space of time, taking the items between 9.30am and 10.15am.
Police are now warning the community to secure their property.
Acting Seaford Sergeant Chris Wright said, “Thankfully it is relatively rare for us to have suffered this level of vehicle crime in such a short space of time.
“We have increased our patrols in an effort to catch the individual(s) that are responsible and would like to remind those who live or work in the town to do all that they can to protect their belongings.
“Additionally we asked residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Sussex Police at the time so as to maximise our chances of preventing further incidents plus apprehending offenders.”
Anyone with any information about the crimes can call police on 101.