New police chief outlines priorities

Chief Inspector Gary Pike
Chief Inspector Gary Pike

This is my first message as the District Commander in Wealden, the first I hope of many to come. Wealden district had a typically busy summer and I am happy to report some significant success.

We have seen a reduction in burglaries of people’s homes across the summer season; this is a result of members of the community keeping us informed, good prevention work across the district coupled with effective investigations leading to the arrest of two males responsible for multiple offences in the area.

Shed, garage and outbuilding burglaries continue to be a focus of attention for us. Through the hard work of your local team we were able to arrest a local male who currently awaits trial, however this hasn’t put a complete stop to these offences. As the nights draw in and you consider servicing your heating systems (fingers crossed!) can I ask that you also consider security measures in your home including areas such as your shed, garage and oil tanks. If you require advice and guidance then please contact your local PCSO who will be happy to visit you.

Safety on our roads continues to be a priority for your district team and together with the Safer Wealden Partnership we will continue to look at ways to reduce collisions on our roads. There are now an increased number of very well supported Community Speedwatch programmes across the district and together with Operation Crackdown the community are able to get really involved in this area. Please remember that although speed is a danger on our roads collisions are caused by other factors such as driving conditions and driver experience. If you have a young driver in your family take an opportunity to discuss driving attitudes with them.

Work continues to identify alternative police premises in Uckfield, Crowborough and Heathfield, none of these police stations will close until the new provision is up and running and you will not lose existing front counter services. I will update you when we know more.

Finally as Hallowe’en approaches can I encourage you to display posters indicating your preference regarding ‘trick or treat’. The posters can be obtained from police station front counters, your PCSO or downloaded from our website. Can I ask parents of children planning to trick or treat to take time and ‘brief’ them regarding standards of behaviour and respecting neighbours’ wishes.

You can follow myself and members of my team on Twitter for updates on emerging issues in Wealden. To follow me on Twitter search for


Thank you for taking time to read this message, you the community played your part in the successes I spoke of earlier, please continue to report suspicious activity to your neighbourhood team. Have a safe October,

Chief Inspector Gary Pike – District Commander