Police are reminding Sussex residents to ensure their homes, garages and outbuildings are secure as we continue to move out of lockdown.

Over the last year reports of burglary have dropped across Sussex. The lockdown measures that have been in place across the UK have undoubtedly contributed to this reduction and as lockdown measures continue to ease and with summer approaching, we want to keep it this way.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry said: “Monday 17 May marked a milestone in the Government road map out of lockdown with people beginning to return to their place of work, the hospitality sector opening up their services fully, taking a ‘staycation’ and enjoy social activities more fully across the UK. What this also means is while people can enjoy more freedom away from their homes, they will be empty for longer periods of time.

“We should anticipate that burglars will see this change in lifestyle as an opportunity and emerge to target empty properties. We know the devastating and lasting effect that burglary has on victims and that it’s a personal crime which is keenly felt.”

To protect your property, you can find practical prevention tips to:
·    protect your home including information on door and window locks here
·    keep burglars out of your property here
·    keep your shed or garage safe and secure here
·    access to all information on protecting your home from crime here

There are also other ways to protect your personal belongings by using property marking. Register your belongings on the free Immobilise national property register. It only takes a few minutes and increases the chances of being reunited with your property if it is stolen. Find out more on their website here.