Over the course of several weeks since early June, police in Bexhill have heard reports of a man trespassing in private gardens late at night or in the early hours of the morning.
He has been spotted in different locations around the town, including Reginald Road, Mayfair Mews, Elderwood Close, Jubilee Close and Woodsgate Park, where the most recent incident occurred.
No loss or damage has occurred, but the incidents are being treated as suspicious.
It would appear that the same man is responsible on each occasion, and he has run off when challenged by householders.
Sergeant Mark Evans, of Bexhill’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Understandably people may nevertheless be concerned.
“I would like to reassure them that police are taking these reports seriously and they are being thoroughly investigated.
“We’re mounting high visibility patrols to deter or catch the suspect, whom we believe to be one and the same person.”
Sgt Evans urged anyone who finds a trespasser on their property or a neighbour’s property to phone 999 immediately and stay in their homes until police arrive.
Anyone with other information that may help officers is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concern about the intruder, and also the shocking rape of a teenager in Hastings Road near School Place, has spread throughout the local community to the extent that Safe In Bexhill has been set up as a Facebook Page for those who want to learn techniques and share information about personal safety, whether at home or when out and about.
There has been growing worry which was fuelled further by the report of the woman who woke up on Sunday to find a burglar in her bedroom.
Some 100 people quickly expressed interest in Safe In Bexhill, and there are plans to set up safety sessions, with the group already entering into discussion with self-defence instructors as well as Sussex Police, and other agencies.