Crowborough and Uckfield, among other areas, have recently seen a spike in reported crime, particularly criminals breaking into sheds, garages and rural outbuildings.
In response police in Wealden are stepping up patrols to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. They have said they are listening to the community’s concerns and working closely with local councils and other partner agencies to address them.
They emphasise that it is crucial that people continue to report crimes to them.
Wealden Prevention Inspector Jonathan Gross said:
We recognise the impact being a victim of crime can have on a person. We are visiting every victim of burglary in Wealden, and all viable lines of enquiry for each individual case have been – and continue to be – investigated.
We understand the community’s concerns and are working across all the towns, parishes and villages in Wealden to engage with residents.
We work very closely with councils and other authorities in Wealden, and also regularly share intelligence with other districts within Sussex Police, and other police forces, in a bid to identify those responsible for crimes in the area and bring them to justice.
From April the portion of the Council Tax going towards policing will go up by 5.3%. This equates to an extra £10 for average Band D property.
Inspector Gross added:
Wealden, like the rest of Sussex, has seen increased investment and resource as a result of a rise in the Sussex Police council tax precept. There are more police officers and PCSOs in our local communities, including dedicated rural crime resources, thanks to consecutive increases in the local precept.
By the end of March we will have recruited 100 new PCSOs and are on track to recruit 250 police officers by 2023. This will ensure towns and villages continue to see a more visible policing presence, keeping communities safe and feeling safe.
Extra investment has also seen the introduction of the Tactical Enforcement Unit, which has carried out operations in Wealden, as well as additional resource in prevention and response crews in Uckfield and Lewes.
It is crucial that people continue to report crimes to us. Every report we receive is useful intelligence for us to work on
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- call when it’s an emergency
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