The Christmas crackdown on burglary in Bexhill has continued into the New Year and the increased police activity has resulted in a sharp drop in the number of break-ins
Earlier this month the Observer reported a worrying increase in the number of burglaries in Bexhill, with 15 homes targeted in December.
Bexhill Police responded with more than 600 house-to-house visits and increased patrols throughout the holiday period.
In the first week of January no burglaries were reported and since then police have dealt with just one garage break-in.
Sgt Mark Evans, Bexhill’s Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant, said: “Our focus has been mainly around the Kewhurst area of Bexhill which has seen the majority of the burglaries reported to us.
“We have responded to this robustly with the deployment of both uniformed and plain clothes officers, as well as conducting enhanced visits to over 660 properties.
“Questionnaires have been completed with homeowners and crime prevention advice given which has been well received by the local community.
“We have also made a recent arrest of a Bexhill man who is currently on police bail.
“We are progressing a number of lines of enquiry to identify further suspects and also identify property recovered.
“I would like to reassure the community that I am committed to tackling this issue and I am pleased to report that we have had no burglaries reported in Bexhill in the first week of January, which is testament to the hard work of local officers, and the vigilance of the local community which I would like to thank.
“I continue to urge people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to Sussex Police quoting Operation Mat.”
Also in response to the increase in burglaries in Bexhill in December Sussex Police has advised Bexhill residents to do what they can to deter burglaries and to avoid making their homes appear empty.
A spokesperson said: “Sadly in the Bexhill area, several residents have been victims of burglary and in the majority of cases these properties have been unoccupied, thus we urge residents to review your home security and ensure that your home and belongings are secure.
“Remember, make it look like you are at home, keep some lights on, perhaps use a timer and vary the timings, as well as draw the curtains. For more crime prevention tips visit http://www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/ask-us/theft-and-burglary/what-winter-home-crime-prevention-advice-can-you-give-me