Police tackle cross border criminals in special operation

POLICE have been carrying out an ongoing operation this week to stop burglars crossing the county border in their tracks.

Operation Magpie sees Sussex Police working with Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and officers in neighbouring forces.

Police will use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to target burglars who operate across the region.

Based at locations around the county, these operations will be run with the intention of denying the use of the roads to burglars.

Residents living in historic and current burglary hotspots will be visited by local neighbourhood policing teams and special constables who will provide crime prevention advice and encourage people to report any suspicious behaviour. Plain clothes patrols will also take place in areas where suspicious behaviour has been reported.

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said: “Since January, 244 people have been charged with a total of 414 burglary offences in Sussex. Our officers, staff and volunteers are working to do everything possible to crack down on burglary.

“We know that the majority of burglars are opportunists who will exploit any opportunity to get their hands on other people’s property.

“You can help us to tackle burglary in Sussex by taking every step possible to keep your home secure - simple measures like double-locking your front door and using window locks are proven to be effective deterrents.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am pleased to see Sussex Police focusing on tackling burglary, especially at this time of year when burglaries typically increase due to the darker evenings. Residents tell me that burglary is a concern to them and I will continue to challenge the Chief Constable on this issue. Partnership working is key to crime reduction.”