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Saturday December 20
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14:17

Rother

District Commander Chief Inspector Warren Franklin

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor

 

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  • Dear Rother residents,

    Reporting crimes is incredibly essential to the way we police and support the community. Firstly, and most importantly, we can support those affected by crime and secondly by using this information we can implement crime prevention, link details to other associated crimes and work with relevant parties.

    Our website www.sussex.police.uk, continues to provide valuable information on crime prevention, latest news, details of your local policing team and has an option to report crime, in addition to calling 101, plus much more.

    Criminals will always look to prey on vulnerabilities in home and business security, such as windows and doors being left open, or personal possessions being left on display in vehicles.

    Victims often feel the effects of a crime for several months afterwards and we rely on organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch to assist these individuals and are grateful for their support. The Chairman of Rother NHW, Ted Kemp, has just been recognised with an award from East Sussex Police divisional awards, for his outstanding devotion to partnership work with Sussex Police and the local communities.

    Rother Neighbourhood Watch provides valuable assistance in connecting communities by raising awareness of crime prevention through their visits the work that they do at events and meetings. Residents can sign up to be a member and get involved. If you are interested in setting up a neighbourhood watch in your area please visit www.ourwatch.org.uk

    We also send out weekly community updates through the community messaging scheme, so that residents can learn about what appeals, crimes and general messages are affecting their area.

    Unfortunately there was the terrible murder in Rother, of Mary Shipstone in Northiam, and the tragic consequences of these event have and will continue to touch the lives of many. All of my officers feel the same loss as members of the community we will continue to support the family and residents, doing what we can to support a memorial to Mary.

    I would like to assure you all that we will always try to make a positive contribution to the issues that arise in the community and support all our partners. For example, we have a terrific set of street pastors in Bexhill who patrol our streets at night and into the early hours of the morning looking out for and offering care and support to vulnerable people in the community.

    I am pleased to report that as part of this continued success, Rye has recently undertaken a trial period of street pastors, who have had a considerable impact on tackling anti -social behaviour and created a positive presence for residents.

    As part of Sussex Police's crime education for schools a short film titled 'Ages of Consequences' will be shown to late primary and early secondary school aged pupils. This short film educates young people about shoplifting and of how the implications of having a criminal record can affect your life.

    The film involved many young people from the storyboarding idea through to the music production and filming/editing process. Their input has made a significant difference.

    A note of caution is that historically burglary offences increase from October this is due to earlier darker evenings, offenders being able to target empty premises and act without being seen.

    I'd urge anyone who spots any suspicious activity or behaviour to call us.
    If you can, try and make sure you get the vehicle registration details and description of any suspicious person. Our best source of information is from your calls, so when you see something suspicious, call us on 101. Please look out for your neighbours, your call and observation could be the difference to catching offenders.

    When our officers respond to reports of burglary, they are often hampered by a lack of detailed information about the items which have been stolen. Without old boxes for electrical items, or photographs of jewellery, it can be very difficult to accurately identify what has been taken.
    Better information not only helps us to understand where burglaries may be part of a series, it also greatly increases the chances of us being able to reunite stolen property with its rightful owner.

    25 million people use Immobilise and, every week through the site, hundreds of people are reunited with their lost or stolen property. If you've not signed up already, visit Immobilise.com , it's a free website where you can register the details of your property.

    Stop and Search is a valuable public protection tool, helping to keep those who live and work in Sussex safe from criminal activity.

    We have a responsibility to ensure we use Stop and Search powers effectively and fairly being held accountable over what we do is fundamental to the trust and confidence people place in us.

    Police officers have the power to stop and search people under a range of legislation, including Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE). This allows an officer who has reasonable grounds to suspect someone who might be breaking the law to stop and search them or their vehicle to look for stolen or prohibited items.

    In August 2014 the Home Office introduced the 'Best use of Stop and Search Scheme', a voluntary initiative which was welcomed by Sussex Police and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

    The Scheme aims to achieve greater transparency and community involvement in the use of stop and search and support a more intelligence-led approach. 

    Your local ASB Co-ordinator is PC Alison Puddefoot who can be contacted on 101 ext. 564242 or via email at: alison.puddefoot@sussex.pnn.police.uk. If you experience anti-social behaviour in your local area, contact PC Puddefoot who will be able to assist you.

    If you would like to receive weekly e-mail updates from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, contact us at: Rother@sussex.pnn.police.uk

    Also consider following us on our various social media sites:

    Facebook: BexhillPoliceUK, BattlePoliceUK, RyePoliceUK.

    Twitter:@Bexhill_Police, @Battle_Police, @Rye_Police.

    From a personal point of view I wish you all a safe and enjoyable autumn. Look after yourselves and your property, and help us to keep you safe.

    Kind regards
    Warren Franklin

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