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Help us keep people safe by Making The Right Call
Sussex Police receives on average 1,600 calls every single day. Reports are assessed and prioritised in our Contact Centre to make sure we can be where we are needed the most.
The information we get from the public through 999 and 101 calls as well as our online reporting tool is crucial in our role of keeping communities safe and feeling safe.
We are asking the public to continue to Make The Right Call so we can ensure that our resources are focused on those who genuinely need our help and to prevent crime.
On 28 May a member of the public – a 13-year-old boy – called 999 concerned for the welfare of a woman in Rustington who had approached him in distress and asking for help. The woman had come to the attention of police several times over the previous 48 hours and officers had been working to locate her. The emergency call meant officers were able to swiftly respond and ensure her welfare. The caller has been sent a letter of thanks from Sussex Police to say he did the right thing in acting on his instincts. He has also been invited to an Open Day at Headquarters once these are possible under Covid-19 restrictions.
Chief Inspector Adam Hays, of the Force Contact, Command and Control Department said: “We are incredibly grateful that the community in Sussex is so responsive and helps us out by acting as our extra eyes and ears.
“Every day we are contacted by people going out of their way to look out for one another and I wanted to take this opportunity to send my sincere thanks. It is vital that you trust your instincts if you see something suspicious or feel concerned for the welfare of another person. Reports are prioritised to ensure that we are responding where there is the greatest risk of harm or where there is a crime in progress.
“We hope this helps to illustrate how valuable the contribution of the public is towards positive outcomes in policing and ask that you continue to Make The Right Call and help us keep people safe.”
If you notice anything suspicious or think someone needs our help, we want to know about it. Please report online or call 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
You can alternatively report anonymously to Crimestoppers here or by calling 0800 555 111.
To see if your concern is a police matter please see the Force website here.
Online Shopping Advice
Planning on doing some online shopping over the weekend?
Check out these top tips for keeping safe shopping online:
– Choosing where you shop: If you’re purchasing from a company you don’t know, carry out some research first.
– Keep devices up to date: Software and app updates usually include important security updates to protect you against fraud.
– Beware of links in emails and texts: Some of the emails you receive may contain links to fake websites designed to scam you.
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Police Dog Polly finds assault suspect hiding in garden
A teenager suspected of a violent domestic assault in Polegate was found hiding by Police Dog Polly.
Around 2.30am on Saturday 11 July, police received several reports of someone trying to break into a house in Windmill Place.
A 17-year-old girl was reported to have been violently assaulted by a 17-year-old boy who had made off from the scene.
Officers arrived at the scene and PD Polly was deployed to search for the suspect.
Polly is a five-year-old German Shepherd-Malinois cross general purpose police dog, trained in various disciplines which include searching open ground or buildings for suspects, tracking suspects or missing people, and searching for discarded property.
She tracked behind a substation, over a fence and across several gardens, before the suspect was found hiding up a garden path.
A further unit attended and the suspect was safely detained.
A 17-year-old boy from Eastbourne, arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and attempting to possess cannabis, has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Officers have also engaged with the victim to ensure her welfare, and safeguarding advice has been provided.
A burglary occurred on East Close, Polegate, on 17/07/2020 whereby a residential property was entered by two males after distracting the occupant, fortunately no items were stolen from within (Ref: 47200118986)
An attempted burglary occurred in Whitesmith, on 15/07/2020 whereby an outbuilding was broken into and various tools were stolen from within (Ref: 47200119788)
A burglary occurred on Main Road, Uckfield on 2/07/2020 whereby a residential property was broken into and jewellery was stolen from within (Ref: 47200121239)
A burglary occurred on Fielden Road, Crowborough, on 20/07/2020 whereby a residential propery was entered and jewellery stolen from within (Ref: 47200121351)
A burglary occurred on Vicarage Lane, Hellingly, on 20/07/2020 whereby an outbuilding was broken into and various items moved around (Ref: 47200121741)
Help us keep Sussex safe
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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