Operation Magpie – helping Sussex keep the threat of burglary at bay

Sussex is one of the safest places to live and to keep it that way Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie on Tuesday – it’s a week-long crime prevention and awareness campaign designed to keep your home safe from burglars this summer.

Sussex has low rates of burglary compared to other counties across England and Wales. There were 7,170 reports of burglary in 2018, 1,134 fewer offences than in 2017.

Operation Magpie will build on what Sussex Police describes as its “successes” in protecting communities from burglary through raising awareness and sharing advice about protecting homes during the summer months.

“We also want to show our commitment to bring offenders to justice for this type of crime, especially where vulnerable people are targeted,” a Sussex Police spokesman told Hastings In Focus.

During this week and right through until next Monday prevention advice and social media messages will be shared to help prevent burglaries.

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Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. On 1 May 2019, at Lewes Crown Court, Marie Keane, 50, was jailed for seven years for offences including burglary. Marie often claimed to be a carer, and targeted vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes. She was arrested and pleaded guilty to six offences – three burglaries, two thefts from persons and a fraud by false representation.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead said: “We have worked hard to reduce instances of burglary in Sussex over the last year and have seen a significant reduction in reports of this crime. We continue to work to protect our communities from this crime and through this campaign we will be offering advice on keeping homes, outbuildings and business premises safe.

Police light“We treat burglary as a serious matter, especially where vulnerable members of the community are targeted and will be sharing examples of where we have prosecuted individuals for such crimes. None of this is achieved without your support and I am really grateful to all our partners, including Neighbourhood Watch and members of the community who work with us to reduce burglary and bring offenders to justice.”

To help protect yourself this summer whether you are home or planning a trip away, please read our crime prevention advice online: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/.

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It’s free and takes just a few minutes. If your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and secondhand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief. Find out more on their website.

You can also keep up to date by joining Sussex Police’s Community Message service, In the Know which will keep you posted on latest news in your police district. Find out how to join here.

Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator your community can be stronger together. To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, visit their website.

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