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: www.sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously.
Local anti-social behaviour issues should also be brought to the attention of the
Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel
Fraud and Cyber Crime - to report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 - www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
Anyone who has information regarding misuse of Blue Badges is asked to report it by calling 01323 464244 or emailing email@example.com
|Latest Local Neighbourhood Alert. The latest edition of these useful and regular alerts are available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels web site... They contain news and up-to-date information about local law enforcement, crime prevention, fraud, safety and other issues.|
|Operation Blitz - Sussex Police are keen to have more residents to sign-up to their Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly. To join Operation Blitz create an account and sign in to it at: www.Intheknow.community... Then go to Community Interests, and at the bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", then tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.|
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Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch
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Samaritans of Eastbourne and District.
01323 735555 (local call charges apply)
National telephone: 116 123 (free to call)
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel consists of twelve local residents. In addition, panel meetings may be attended by Borough & County Councillors, and representatives from EBC Neighbourhood First, Haven School, Sovereign Marinas, The Waterfont Traders and others as required. Neighbourhood Police Officers attend as necessary.
Neighbourhood Panels are mostly about identifying the root causes of problems, and trying to find resolutions whatever the law and order issue. They were initially set up by the police, but now deal with a range of local issues. Each panel sets it own priorities and meeting schedules, and recruits members according to local situations.
Minutes 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.
Car Key Thefts
- Eastbourne Police are making residents aware that burglars
targeting properties with expensive vehicles outside them, (cars or work vehicles), and breaking in simply to
steal the vehicle's keys to then drive the vehicles away.
Most recently (Nov 2017) there were two linked offences in the South Harbour
area; thankfully the vehicles were quickly found and two persons
• Always check that your vehicle is locked, and all windows closed. If you have an alarm or immobiliser then ensure it is activated.
• Keep your car key away from the front door, and back door. These are often the most obvious places people keep keys and will always be the first place burglars check.
• Report any suspicious behaviour, including odd knocks on the door, to ensure that local officers can check callers are genuine.
Give your view regularly to Sussex Police - People’s Voice is an ePanel of Sussex residents who have signed up and agreed to complete up to four online surveys from Sussex Police each year. The police are collecting this anonymous information to enable them to find out if they are providing the right services to the right people, depending on their needs. Given the current general discontent with government policy towards police funding and the reductions in police numbers, this is a good opportunity to give some feedback to the police; sign up now to be involved. Click here for more details...
Vehicle 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.
Distraction burglary in Sovereign Harbour apartment block - In 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.”
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.