Police warning after holiday break-ins

Police are warning residents to step up security following a series of five burglaries that have taken place in Hassocks while home owners have been away on holiday.

In all five break-ins - which have taken place recently in Mackie Avenue, Church Mead, Windmill Avenue, Dale Avenue and Highland Close - the offender/s have targeted bungalows.

A police spokesperson said: “Burglary is an extremely intrusive crime and in all five of these break-ins items of great sentimental value were stolen.

“We would urge homeowners to take a few simple precautions to avoid becoming a victim and if anyone would like crime prevention advice because they feel vulnerable then please contact us.”

Steps include:

- Consider doing as much as possible to make the house look occupied if you are out, for example have lights on timers and leave a radio on.

- Check that windows and doors are locked and do not rely simply on a Yale lock. - Keep garden gates locked and ask neighbours to keep an eye on the property, especially if you’re away for some time and overnight.

- Remember to check the ID of callers at the door.

- If you feel anyone is acting suspiciously or you see something which appears suspicious, call police immediately.

- Make sure that valuables, especially small items like jewellery, are kept in a safe place and not left on display.

Anyone with information about the recent spate of burglaries is asked to contact police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.