Police step up patrols as burglary spate continues in Mid Sussex

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Sussex Police say they are increasing patrols in rural areas due to an increase in daytime house burglaries.

A number of burglaries occurred on Thursday December 5, according to Farm Watch, in an area between Barns Green and Cootham south of Pulborough.

Also, the current spate of burglaries has continued across the whole of Mid Sussex, the majority of these occurring in the towns rather than the villages.

Police say they are continuing to dedicate extra resources to deal with the continuing crime wave and have thanked the public for its help in reporting suspicious activities.

According to Farm Watch, the public should make sure their homes are left secure and that lights are left on, with the suggestion that people consider use of a timer.

Don’t leave valuables in the car and if you leave a car at home consider parking it in a prominent position so as to give the impression someone is at home. And they say do not leave car keys at home.

Police warn that jewellery is a favourite target, so if you have precious items consider removing them, especially if they are irreplaceable.

If you see any suspicious activity contact police immediately on 101 and quote Op MALLOY or if you suspect a crime is taking place dial 999.

Local incidents in villages in the northern parts of Mid Sussex include the following:-

Cuckfield Parish

On 02/12/2012 a property in Hatchlands was entered via the rear although nothing was stolen. Access to the garden was gained via Mytten Close.

In Glebe Road a property was entered on 08/12/2012 and a bag containing various electrical items was stolen.

Balcombe Parish

Overnight on 08/11/2012 a shed was broken into in Rowhill Lane. Items stolen include alcohol, garden machinery and electrical equipment.

In Oldlands Avenue on 09/11/2012 a property on Oldlands Avenue was entered via the rear and jewelery was taken.

Also in Oldlands Avenue there was an attempted break in to a Landrover overnight on 18/11/2012 and overnight on 30/11/2012 a van was broken into and a camera and sat nav were taken from the glove box.

The Pavilion in the recreation ground suffered extensive criminal damage overnight on 14/11/2012 and some time between 23-28/11/2012 a pair of metal gates were stolen from the B2036 between Brook Street and Balcombe

Slaugham Parish

In Handcross a catalytic converter was stolen from a van parked close to the High Street overnight on 16/11/2012. On 23/11/2012 a leather coat, wallet and house keys were stolen from a car parked in Parish Lane, Pease Pottage.

Ansty and Staplefield Parish

Between 03-05/11/2012 two vehicles were interfered with at a commercial premise in Cuckfield Road, Burgess Hill. In Brantridge Lane, Staplefield a large quantity of heating oil was stolen between 12-13/11/2012.

Overnight on 23/11/2012 a landrover was stolen from Isaacs Lane and later found dumped nearby. In Deaks Lane, Ansty petrol was stolen from a parked vehicle overnight on 26/11/2012.

Police are appealing to the public to continue to report suspicious vehicles, people, and visitors.

Contact them as soon as you can on 101 and give as much detail as possible, no matter how small or insignificant it seems. Officers say all information helps and if something makes you suspicious, trust your instincts and let them know.