Burglary crackdown hailed a success by Sussex Police

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Operation Magpie, the Sussex Police autumn crime prevention burglary campaign, is well underway and is being hailed a success.

The force says one element that helps makes the campaign so successful is the relationship Sussex Police has with its volunteers and partners and the value it brings in getting messages to the public.

In the past few weeks, well co-ordinated activities and events have taken place across Sussex to highlight crime prevention advice around burglary.

They include talks with residents, leaflet drops, sharing guidance on how they can stay safe in their homes and street meetings to highlight the importance of property marking.

People can also register property at immobilise.com, which is free and simple to do.

A private and secure inventory of all personal belongings can be created. This service has police approval.

Sussex Police says there have also been tangible successes in bringing offenders to justice.

A police spokesperson said that locally, a persistent burglar has been removed from the streets with the recent jailing for four years of Jamie Ernest Robert Taylor, 25.

Earlier this year Josephine Webb, 48, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for a series of “distraction” burglaries in Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill.

Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones, lead for the Operation Magpie campaign, said, “Our Operation Magpie autumn crime prevention burglary campaign supports the wider aims of Sussex Police by helping to reduce crime and catch criminals.

“By sharing crime prevention advice the public can do their bit to help make Sussex a no-go area for burglars.

“The public can also report suspicious activity by calling 101 or reporting it online at www.sussex.police.uk

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of police receiving calls about behaviour which is out of the ordinary, or car details that are uncommon in an area. It is with these important details that we often manage to piece together who is responsible for this impactive offending. All this goes a long way to support the operational activities to disrupt criminals and continue to reduce burglary across Sussex.”