Extra patrols to tackle Uckfield crime spike

There’s been a spike in crime in Uckfield and Crowborough.

Break-ins at sheds, garages and rural outbuildings have been reported to Sussex Police.

Now officers will make more high-visibility patrols to tackle the spate of burglaries and crime and will launch “multi-agency planned days of action” in Wealden.

Insp Jon Gross

Prevention Inspector Jon Gross said in a statement: “We recognise the impact being a victim of crime can have on a person. 

“We are visiting every victim of burglary in Wealden, and all viable lines of enquiry for each individual case have been – and continue to be –  investigated.

“We understand the community’s concerns and are working across all the towns, parishes and villages in Wealden to engage with residents.

“We work very closely with councils and other authorities in Wealden, and also regularly share intelligence with other districts within Sussex Police, and other police forces, in a bid to identify those responsible for crimes in the area and bring them to justice.”

Insp Gross said Wealden, like the rest of Sussex, had seen increased investment and resource as a result of a rise in the Sussex Police council tax precept. 

More police officers and PCSOs

There are more police officers and PCSOs, including dedicated rural crime resources, thanks to consecutive increases in the local precept.

He added: “By the end of March we will have recruited 100 new PCSOs and are on track to recruit 250 police officers by 2023. 

“This will ensure towns and villages continue to see a more visible policing presence, keeping communities safe and feeling safe.

Extra investment

“Extra investment has also seen the introduction of the Tactical Enforcement Unit, which has carried out operations in Wealden, as well as additional resource in prevention and response crews in Uckfield and Lewes.

“It is crucial that people continue to report crimes to us. Every report we receive is useful intelligence for us to work on.”

Uckfield Town Council has for some months urged townspeople to report all instances of crime to Sussex Police.

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