Successes across the force during burglary crackdown
Officers focused on burglary across the force during a week of awareness and activity.
The force launched Operation Magpie, the summer burglary campaign during last week.
Between May 2017 and April 2018 there were on average 411 burglary offences per month across the force. This total includes both residential and non-residential burglaries.
Officers in Brighton and Hove charged three people in connection with burglaries across the city.
- David Potter, 47, unemployed of no fixed address was arrested, charged and remanded for a burglary on May 14 in New Church Road, Hove. He will stand trial on June 16.
- David Standing, 49, unemployed of Somerhill Avenue, Hove has been charged and recalled to prison for a burglary in Regency Square, Hove on May 3.
- Leo Rose, 45, unemployed of Kingsway, Hove has been charged with burglary at a garage in Kingsway on May 12. He will stand trial on June 14.
Chichester Prevention Officers were out in the Bosham area last week carrying out ongoing investigations into two burglaries reported providing re-assurance to local residents and raising awareness to crime prevention techniques.
As well as this officers arrested and charged a man for a burglary in Littlehampton on May 22. Fahad Kakooza, 29, unemployed of no fixed address has been charged with a burglary in River Road, Littlehampton. He will appear at court on June 5.
Meanwhile in East Sussex a man has been arrested and charged for a burglary in Eastbourne on May 23. Daniel Passmore, 24, unemployed, of no fixed address has been charged with burglary and four counts of fraud. He will stand trial on June 14.
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead said: “Operation Magpie launched in 2015 and acts as a reminder for residents about how to keep their property safe and reduce the chance of being burgled. I am proud of the work which has been done across the force to show that burglary is still very much a priority to us.
“How we tackle the investigation of burglary is business as usual for our teams. Our activity during this week sends a clear message that there are serious consequences to would-be offenders and make sure our communities know that burglary is investigated.
“The victim stories we shared show how much burglary can affect someone and their life and bring home the impact.”
To help protect yourself this summer whether you are home or planning a trip away please read our crime prevention advice.
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