Spate of Christmas burglaries around East Preston


A number of homes in the East Preston area were burgled in the days after Christmas, police have said.

Between Boxing Day and Monday, December 28, several homes were targeted with the main items stolen being purses and wallets containing cash and bank cards.

Police Community Support Officer Michelle Davies said: “A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect your family long after the mess is cleared up and the insurance paperwork is done.

“Prevent a burglar messing with your head as well as your home by taking simple crime prevention measures.

“In Sussex, Operation Magpie is our response to burglary.

“This operation sees us working with our partner agencies with the aim of preventing burglary and, when it does happen, finding those responsible and searching for your stolen property as quickly as possible.

“We recently launched our recovered property site as another way of reuniting stolen items with their rightful owners.

Visit to see pictures of items stolen from various crimes.

Sussex Police has issued security advice, urging householders to keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.

Officers are reminding people to lock all the doors and windows and fit an intruder alarm.

Valuables should be marked with a postcode and house number or name, or if they are unsuitable for marking, photograph them next to a ruler, the force is advising.

PCSO Davies added: “Burglars know the price of everything but the value of nothing. The best defence against them is prevention.

“In an emergency, of if you see a crime in progress or believe it is about to occur, always call 999.”

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