Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.
Criminals take advantage of warm weather in Sussex
Sussex Police have revealed the heat is leading to a spike in incidents, with people leaving their windows open and allowing criminals to sneak in.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “In one in five burglaries, the thieves do not have to use force to gain entry into people's homes and over the summer period the number of homes being raided rises because people leave open doors or windows to try to keep cool in the warm weather.”
Detective Inspector Clare Shiel, who leads the burglary team in Brighton and Hove, said: “In Brighton and Hove alone in the past week there have been more than ten burglaries where an opportunist has been walking past an open window and helped themselves to someone else's property.
“This is happening both in the day and at night time. A number of the victims in these cases have said that they never thought it would happen to them.”
"Also, any information you can give us about suspicious behaviour can help us to catch offenders and link them back to their crimes."
The force has also revealed 71 suspects have been arrested in just 18 days as part of a crackdown.
People who have been arrested during the latest spate of burglaries between June 28 and July 16 include two men from Uckfield, aged 22 and 23, and a 16-year-old boy from Hailsham. They are suspected of burgling a home in Hamsey, near Lewes, where among the items taken in were the war medals of the victim's deceased father.
A 19-year-old man from London and a 20-year-old man from Glouces- tershire have been questioned on suspicion of a distraction burglary in Withdean, Brighton.
A 58-year-old man and a 19-year- old man were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods after a burglary in Preston Par, Brighton.
Three people were arrested after a van containing a large number of stolen power tools was stopped by a road policing unit team on the A29.
The men, aged 22, 23 and 24, have been questioned and released on bailed while officers carry out further investigations. A 42-year-old man is being questioned by police on suspicion of two burglaries that were committed in Littlehampton on Thursday.
Comments are closed on this article.