Useful Resources

Ask the Police logo
General guidance on reporting various issues.

For police non-emergencies dial 101

Repot Fraud and Cyber Crime

Sovereign Neighbourhood Panel
Local concerns panel.

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels
Other local panels.

Operation Crackdown
Report abandoned vehicles and anti-social driving.

Sussex Safer Roads
Data on road crashes and cameras etc.

Operation Kraken poster


Policing & Crime Prevention

Sovereign Harbour is a low crime-rate area. Help Sussex Police keep it that way.

Contact Sussex Police
Non-emergencies - dial 101
Emergencies - dial 999
Report Crime on-line: External link logo

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously.

Fraud and Cyber Crime - to report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 - External link logo

Crime Stoppers logo
Crime Stoppers External link logo - 0800 555 111
  Neighbourhood Watch logo

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch
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Eastbourne Crime and Safety Partnership External link logo Immobilise External link logo (National property register)
Vehicle Enquiry Service External link logo Sussex Police External link logo
Neighbourhood Alert External link logo Project Kraken - Police maritime initiative External link logo
Samaritans of Eastbourne and District.
01323 735555 (local call charges apply) National telephone: 116 123 (free to call)
 or email:

Latest Local Neighbourhood Alert. These regular alerts are always available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels web site. They contain useful information about crime prevention, safety and other issues. Click here for latest... External link logo

Minute of Neighborhood Panel Meetings. These meetings between resident representatives, local councillors, Premier Marinas, Waterfront traders, the EBC Neighbourhood First team and others, discuss various local issues. Click here... External link logo

Sussex Police logoVehicle thefts increase in Eastbourne There has been a recent increase in the number of vehicles that have been stolen in Eastbourne, as thieves are breaking into residents’ homes and taking the car keys.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience but to also steal your car can mess with your head. Sussex Police has received reports from residents in the Sovereign Harbour and Langney Point area, where thieves are specifically targeting vehicle owners homes in order to steal cars.

Police Constable Ed Faulkner said “We are asking the public to be extra vigilant with regards to the security of their homes and vehicles by locking all downstairs windows and doors either when not at home or when they retire to bed. Also to make sure that any car keys are well hidden to prevent the theft and subsequent risk that this could pose to the community.”

The majority of burglars are opportunistic as they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and work undisturbed. By following the crime prevention tips below you can deter this crime from happening to you.

●  Keep your front and back doors shut and locked – even when you are at home.
●  Close and lock all downstairs windows.
●  Never leave car keys, door keys or other valuables in view of a letterbox or window.
●  If possible, keep your car and door keys in a secure place where thieves are unlikely to look.
●  Secure your garage and shed too – equipment or tools etc. can be just as tempting.
●  If you can, install a burglar alarm and set it every time you leave home.

Sussex Police logoDistraction burglary in Sovereign Harbour apartment block - On the afternoon of Friday 28th April 2017 a burglary took place in Caroline Way, North Harbour, Eastbourne.  This burglary involved one suspect buzzing on a block of flats intercom asking for an occupant to come to the communal door. As the victim has done this another male has gained access to the victim's flat stealing a number of items from the property.

Enquiries are continuing in relation to this matter and any witnesses, or residents that may have had similar callers are asked to contact Police on 101 giving reference 774 of 28/4/17.  

PC Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable for Eastbourne, said “Security of building is a regular concern, especially where there is a communal entrance, or a large number of people coming and going from the address. Whilst it is something that residents can become relaxed about over time keeping doors secure, be they communal or private, even for just a few moments is essential to ensure that you don’t give burglars an easy time. We are actively investigating this matter, and with the help of the local community we hopefully will catch these criminals and bring them to justice.”

15 April - C.I. Emma Brice, Police District Commander for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden has issued an Easter message with useful personal safeguard advice. Read more... External link logo Also, Action Fraud have advice for anyone affected by the Wonga data breach. Read more... External link logo

Sovereign Harbour flats mail box compromised. Message from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team.

We have recently become aware that a mail box of one of the developments of Midway Quay has been compromised, with personal information and documentation being stolen and used to obtain thousands of pounds fraudulently.

This has had a very significant effect on the victim, and raises important questions about the security of these developments. The purpose of this note is to remind all residents to be vigilant and do all you can to keep your details and those of your neighbours safe.

● Do not “buzz” people in unless you are certain that you know who they are and their purpose for being in the building. Once inside they have access to all parts of the building which, for criminals, is an invitation to commit crime.

● Please be vigilant to strangers loitering, or taking an unusual interest in the security of the building, mail boxes, or layout. Report anything that you feel is odd, or out of place so that it can be fully investigated.

Incidents of fraud are becoming more common nationally, and can happen both online as well as by people intercepting mail or other information. These crimes have an enormous impact on the victims, and often involve large sums of money. Whilst we will do all we can to keep the areas safe, we need the help of residents to let us know of anything odd or suspicious. If you notice some mail missing, or your mail box tampered with please report this to Police, and if relevant your bank, so that we can take action.

11 March - Latest Neighbourhood Alert. Eastbourne district police commander is now also in charge of Lewes and Wealden. Two men arrested for driving offences in Eastbourne.  Read more... External link logo

3rd March 2017 - The latest Neighbourhood Alert update is now available to read on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website. More information External link logo

27 February 2017 - February’s edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter, which gives Sussex residents the latest fraud updates.
Click here to download the newsletter External link logo.  This edition includes important and useful advice on:

Spotting the signs of dating fraud – we had eight reports of dating and romance fraud in January. The stakes for individuals affected are high, both financially and emotionally, so here we offer five simple dating tips to help avoid the pitfalls.

Apple gift card fraud – cold callers phone and text people to tell them they owe HMRC unpaid tax – and ask to pay through their Apple iTunes gift cards, which they then redeem and sell on.

7th February 2017 -The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available to read on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website. More information External link logo

Sussex Police logo6th February 2017 Following an incident at the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront, Eastbourne Police has issued the following statement.

"On the evening of Wednesday 1st February an altercation took place at “Seymoors” at the Waterfront.  This altercation between two males involved a knife, and one assaulting the other.  The victim sustained an injury to his neck, which required hospital treatment.  Police were rapidly on scene and arrested the suspect whilst providing support for the victim.

Enquiries are continuing on this matter, with the suspect being bailed until mid-March with conditions not to attend the Waterfront.  The knife is believed to have come from within Seymoors, and staff at the establishment are supporting Police with their enquiries. 

This matter is being treated as a serious assault and, whilst witnesses have already been identified, if anyone saw anything that evening that would help Police, then they are asked to come forward calling 101 giving the reference number 1513 of 1st February. 

Sussex Police take all assaults seriously, and will investigate them fully with a view to achieving a successful prosecution at Court, this is especially true when knives and weapons are involved.  Sovereign Harbour and The Waterfront remains a safe place to be, and Police continue to patrol and respond to all incidents that take place."

3rd February 2017 - The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available to read on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website. More information External link logo

29th January 2017 - The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available to read on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website. More information External link logo