A graphic being used by Sussex Police to promote its anti-burglary campaign

Burglary: Sussex Police launch Operation Magpie

Sussex Police have launched a burglary prevention and awareness campaign, called Operation Magpie.

It runs until November 4.

There were 644 burglaries across the force in September 2017, but this fell to 518 in September this year.


The campaign aims to maintain this decrease, as well as raising awareness about how people can protect heir homes.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary lead, said: “Operation Magpie acts as a reminder for residents and business owners to keep their property safe and reduce the chance of being burgled.

“Despite Sussex being one of the least likely areas of the country to be a victim of burglary, we still need to work together to ensure our dwellings and work premises are secure from intruders.

Crime prevention

“At this time of year I would encourage people to remind themselves of our crime prevention advice, advertised through our flyers and social media messaging out this week. Please also help us by recording details of your valuable property on the free to use “Immobilise” website.

“Tackling burglary is business as usual for our teams, and we will be focusing our resources across Sussex to undertake high visibility patrols and to provide crime prevention advice in selected areas.

“We’ll also aim to keep you up to date on our efforts to prosecute criminals linked to this type of crime via our local district social media accounts during the week.”

Safe Sussex

Of the 43 UK police forces, Sussex is rated as fifth highest in the national league table as one of the least likely places to live and be burgled.

You can also be kept up to date by joining Sussex Police’s Community Message service, In the Know which will keep you up to date on the latest news in your police district.

Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a NHW coordinator your community can be stronger together.

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