Police increase patrols after burglary rise

PCSO Neil Holden and PCSO Gareth Freeston patrolling Bexhill.
PCSO Neil Holden and PCSO Gareth Freeston patrolling Bexhill.

Police have responded to a rise in the number of burglaries in Bexhill by carrying out more than 600 house-to-house visits and increasing patrols throughout the holiday period.

A total of 15 burglaries have been reported to Sussex Police since the beginning of December, and were a mixture of daytime and evening break-ins across Bexhill.

In response, officers have been out and about in the worse-hit areas to put householders on their guard.

Sgt Mark Evans, Bexhill’s Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant, told the Observer: “We have seen an increase in burglaries across Bexhill since the beginning of December which is clearly a concern.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we have been proactive in our approach to tackle this issue, and we have obtained a great deal of useful intelligence which is being progressed.

“To date my team has visited more than 660 properties within the targeted areas, providing crime prevention advice and reassurance.

“We are continuing to conduct patrols and I am committed to catching those responsible. I urge the local community to make sure their property is secure at all times and to contact Sussex Police should you see or hear anything suspicious. It is also important to make friends or neighbours aware if you are planning to go away in order for them to keep an eye on your property.”

Teams of officers were out throughout the Christmas period looking for information that may help them trace offenders and offering reassurance and advice. On Tuesday (December 30) Rother district police commander Chief Inspector Warren Franklin commented on social media he was pleased that Bexhill residents have since been calling the police to report “suspicious acts”.

He said: “We’d ask anyone wanting our help or able to help us to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Mat.”