Police Warn of Spate of Petty Thefts

Published on by Iara Kaiser (author), Hope Smyth (author)


CCTV Camera in Hastings (photo: Hope Smyth)
CCTV Camera in Hastings

A charity shop on White Rock was broken into last weekend. A window was broken and a safe containing 400 pounds was stolen.


This is the latest in a spate of similar burglaries.  


The burglary, which happened between last Saturday evening and Sunday morning, saw a safe containing £400 stolen. The safe was later found on Hastings beach but Hastings Police have no suspects so far, regarding any of the incidents.


The chain of events, which involved three other businesses, including a community centre on Station Road, a café on Harold Place and a shop on Robertson Street which had reported broken windows. Police released information confirming that no entry had been made to any of the premises and nothing was stolen.


Inspector Dan Russell, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team said: “I am asking for all town centre businesses to take heed of this warning and ensure that they have adequate security measures in place. It is unusual for several premises to be targeted.”


The incident comes just a month after Sussex Police were recognised by the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for their excellent crime prevention and efficiency, despite recorded arrests soaring from 16 arrests per 1000 people, to 22 towards the end of last year.


The recognition was awarded for their original efforts to lower the crime rate in the area since 2011. 


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