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Sussex Police

In emergency call 999
All Non emergency calls 'phone 101
PCSO Jason Lemm
Bosham, Chidham, Southbourne, Prinsted, Nutbourne, Lumley, West Thorney, and Hambrook

Mobile 07769741318
Telephone 101
Email jason.lemm@sussex.pnn.police.uk

posted 7/12/10
PCSO Colin Booker
covers Funtington, East and West Ashling , Stoughton, Walderton, The Mardens, Compton,
West Stoke, Forestside, Westbourne, Racton Woodmancote,

Mobile 07917839044
Telephone 101
Email: colin.booker@sussex.pnn.police.uk
  posted 20/1/11
From Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Anti-social behaviour survey
 
This week I have launched a public consultation inviting residents to have their say on how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) are dealt with.
A recent poll on my website showed that anti-social behaviour is a big concern for local people, with littering, drug and alcohol misuse, and inconsiderate driving and parking topping the list of issues local people are experiencing most often.
Community remedy, which forms part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014), is designed to introduce simpler and more effective powers for tackling lower level crimes. It is also designed to provide victims, should they want it, a say in how an offender will make amends for the matter if the crime warrants an out of court settlement.
From October this year victims of crime will be able to choose from a list of options and police officers will be responsible for ensuring the reparation is administered. This may include compensation for damage caused or repairing the damage themselves, such as removing graffiti.
I am seeking your opinions on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of our local communities.
The consultation will close at midnight on 30 September. A survey can be completed online at http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/public-consultations/ , which gives a list of options to consider as well as space for further suggestions.
Printed copies of the survey are being distributed at a number of events around the county and can also be requested from my office by calling 01273 481561 or in writing to: Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2FZ.
posted
Jul 30 2014
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Bosham murder inquiry Crimewatch appeal - public response 5/14
Special Constable recruitment now open 8/13
Unidentified Chichester Cyclist Dies 4/13

Crimestoppers urges the public to “nail” metal thieves

7/12
Risk of Flood - The Great British Weather Flood Advice - June 2012 6/12
Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch Notice Has your fridge got the message?  

Sussex Police Contacts
In emergency, Dial 999

For any non urgent police matter,
call 101
or visit Chichester Police Station, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8AD

Crimestoppers
Tel 0800 555111
Operation Crackdown Tel 01243 642222
Neighbourhood watch: 01243 784439
Unwelcome visitors or 'door to door' sales, call the police or trading standards on 752310
or e mail contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk
or visit
www.sussexpolice.uk

For more about Sussex Police see
www.sussexpoliceauthority.gov.uk
Contact your local PCSO Jason Lemm - e mail or phone 0845 60 70 999 or Mobile 07769741318
Bosham murder inquiry Crimewatch appeal - public response
About 25 people phoned in with information following the reconstruction of the Bosham murder inquiry being featured on BBC's Crimewatch on Monday night (28 April). Valerie Graves was found dead with significant head and facial injuries at a house in Smugglers Lane , Bosham, on Monday 30 December. She and other members of her family had been staying at the property housesitting while the owners were away over the Christmas period.
Detective Superintendent Nick May from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who appeared in the studio and made a fresh appeal for information, said: "We received 25 calls after the investigation was featured and eight of those were of interest. "We would like to thank the public for their assistance but we still need to hear from anyone who may have information. Referring to the murder weapon, a claw hammer, he said: "We know that a hammer is not usually used by burglars and the murderer would have known the amount of harm they could inflict on someone with the hammer, when they entered the house. "It is likely that this person would have a history of violence and this would be known to someone close to them or to a professional who has worked with them, either now or in the past.  "We are still appealing for information. This is about a catching a killer who is still at large. Whether it's a personal or professional relationship you have with this person, we need you to come forward and stop this happening again. Valerie's family deserve to know what happened."
Valerie's children, Tim Wood and Jemima Harrison, who were featured in the Crimewatch programme said: "We always did Christmas as a family so we were always together. We know we were important to mum. We just can't believe someone would do this horrible thing and we will never get over the shock."
Police would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious or unusual in the area from the afternoon of Sunday 29 December to 10am on Monday 30 December. They are offering a reward of £10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer. Anyone with information should ring 101 quoting Operation Ensign or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk  or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Burglary: Jewellery and silverware was stolen during a burglary at Easebourne
between 8pm on Monday the 2 September and 3.30pm on Tuesday 3 September. Various items of silverware and jewellery were taken. These include: * Armanda dish with a coin in the centre * Antique silver gardening trug * Silver tongs * Small silver dish * Single malt whisky gift set * Sapphire and diamond eternity ring * Makita drill * Handbag * Samsung 28" flatscreeen tv
* Nintendo Wii . Police are appealing for witnesses
If anyone has been offered any jewellery or silverware for sale over the last few days, call Sussex Police on 101
Special Constable recruitment now open!
We are looking to recruit people as Special Constables who want to help and protect their local community by complementing the service of our regular officers on a long term basis.
As a special you will do many of the same things regular police do, but before you carry out any police duties, we'll train you comprehensively and develop your skills. Through your training you will learn about:
  • The police service and the duties of an officer
  • Powers of arrest and the law
  • How to prepare evidence for court
  • Self-defence and communication skills
  • How to deal with awkward situations and conflict.
Special constables volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours a month. You may choose to work two eight hour shifts or four hours each week, whatever suits you. Because its such a varied and interesting role, the time flies and its easy to spend a whole day or night out working with the community. For more information and to apply, visit www.sussexspecials.com or talk to us through facebook.com/sussexpoliceforce or twitter @sussex_police

Unidentified Chichester Cyclist Dies - Do you know this man?

The West Sussex Coroners Office is seeking the identity of a mystery man who died when he fell from his cycle in Chichester.
At about 8.20pm on Saturday 30 March a member of the public heard the noise of a bike falling over in Westgate, Chichester, and found the man lying on the ground gasping. He was taken to St. Richard's Hospital, Chichester where he was sadly pronounced dead.
A police investigation has discounted any suspicious circumstances or any road collision and a post mortem has shown that the man died of natural causes.

He is described as white, about 60 years, 5'9", of large build, with long grey unkempt hair, bushy eyebrows, thick sideburns and of unshaven appearance. He was wearing a white shirt with blue and yellow vertical stripes, a multicoloured chequered squares tie, dark green scarf of ROXBURGH make, a green fleece of EWM make, black trousers, a brown leather belt, and size 8 fawn suede lace up shoes. He had with him a ladies shopper cycle that contained lots of empty carrier bags. Also in his possession was an IK wristwatch and a key ring with a Yale type key and a key fob with the words "Brighton" and another with "Mid Hants Railway". A Chichester Marks & Spencer receipt in his pocket shows a purchase at 1821 hours on 30 March, the same evening.
Coroner's Officer Chris Clinch said; "This man's identity is still a mystery, so if you recognise him from the description, please call us via 101 quoting serial 1281 of 30 March."

posted
Apr 9

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary at a jewellery shop called Etcetera in The Butter Market, North Street, Chichester, at 11.30pm on Tuesday 29 January 2013

A large quantity of Pandora jewellery of substantial value was stolen from the premises.

Detective Sergeant Mark Townsend of West Sussex CID said: "If anyone has been offered any items of Pandora jewellery or witnessed any individuals acting suspiciously in Chichester town centre on the evening of Tuesday 29 January, could they please contact Sussex Police.
"If any Chichester residents have seen any vehicles which are not usually in their neighbourhood or seen anyone transferring items from one vehicle to another, I would also ask that police are phoned."

Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 1605 of 29/1. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers urges the public to “nail” metal thieves

Sussex Crimestoppers are joining forces with colleagues in Thames Valley , Kent , Hampshire and Isle of Wight , and Surrey to tackle metal theft crime head on in the South East.

Theft of metal is now one of the fastest rising crimes, with costs to the UK economy estimated at £770m each year. Heavily influenced by commodity prices and the growing economies of both developing and developed countries, it affects communities, industry and commerce and poses a real and significant threat to public safety and critical national infrastructure. It is an international problem and whilst metal prices remain high and global demand continues to rise, this crime is big business and an issue that will not disappear on its own. “The summer holiday season will see many buildings, particularly schools and offices, left vulnerable to both the organized and opportunistic thief. Thieves are not invisible unless we choose to ignore them,” commented Kathy Burke, volunteer chair of Sussex Crimestoppers.

“Metal theft is the hot topic today,” she continued. “We read about incidents in the papers and many of us may well have felt the impact of metal theft on our day to day lives: train cancellations from cable and track theft, loss of phone and internet connection, school closures. However, awareness of metal theft is only part of the battle. In order to stop criminals continuing to disrupt our lives we all need to be proactive, vigilant and to report our suspicions quickly. To this end Crimestoppers offers the public a safe and anonymous way to stop the thieves by contacting us on 0800 555 111 or using our secure, online form direct from a mobile phone at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. But we can only be effective if you make that call.”

Last week Police Forces in the South East introduced a new scheme named Operation Tornado. This will make it easier to trace any person who sells metal to Scrap Metal Merchants and will help to remove and prosecute dealers of stolen metal. Crimestoppers will be working throughout the year to further enhance and support this initiative.

Inspector Martin Pattenden, the Sussex Police lead for Operation Tornado remarked: “As a Force we are committed to reducing metal theft in Sussex . Operation Tornado aims to target unscrupulous dealers rather than inhibit legitimate businesses. However we still need intelligence from the public to tackle this crime from all angles and the Crimestoppers anonymous service provides a valuable tool to enable communities to provide information safely and free from fear.”

To pass on information about metal theft or any crime anonymously, Crimestoppers can be contacted online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org through the new mobile site or computer, or by calling the 24/7 anonymous 0800 555 111 number. Whichever form of communication chosen, anonymity is guaranteed.

Cold Calling:
Three men and a white transit

Recently, three men with a white transit van approached a home owner offering to mend the roof of the property, agreeing a price with the home owner and instantly starting the job before the home owner knew what was happening. A neighbour saw what was happening and approached the home owner to offer support. Police were alerted.

Checks were carried out on these males and they are known to other Police Forces for similar incidents. Their M.O is to agree a price for the work they carry out but then demand more money once the job has been completed (if a job was completed at all), often taking the home owner directly to the bank to withdraw money.
These people target the elderly and vulnerable. Luckily on this occasion Police were able to deter the males from carrying out their usual methods of gaining money and no crime was committed.
Please remain vigilant and alert your friends, family and neighbours to prevent them being targeted and potentially becoming a victim to this scam.
Can you help Sussex Police? - ring 101

Robbery:
Sunday
June 10, 2012

Nutbourne, Main Road

At approximately 9.45pm 10/6 a person working at the service station was assaulted in the shop. Money was stolen. The injured person was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life threatening.
Can you help Sussex Police? - ring 101

Risk of Flood - The Great British Weather Flood Advice - June 2012

There are a number of simple steps you can take to protect you against floods and reduce potential damage to your property.

  • Put plugs into sinks and weigh them down with something heavy.
  • Turn off your water, gas and electricity supplies to prevent contamination or fire. 
  • Unplug all electrical items and store upstairs or as high up as possible. 
  • Disconnect all appliances connected to pipes in case they move during flooding.
  • Place sandbags around all doorways, airbricks and windows but make sure you leave adequate room for ventilation.
  • Move as much furniture as you can upstairs, alternatively raise them up on bricks or blocks and move them away from the wall – this helps when drying your property later. If some pieces are too large to carry, weigh them down to ensure they don't float around and cause further damage.
  • Silicone sealant – open doors and windows, smear a layer of this around the frame, then shut and lock the door/window. 
  • Empty the contents of any chests of drawers or cupboards too heavy to move, into boxes and store upstairs.
  • Think about permanently moving sentimental items upstairs so you do not forget them in case of a flood. 
  • If you can, roll up rugs and carpets and put them upstairs. 
  • If there is no time to take down curtains, hang them over the rail so they are kept above the flood water. 
  • Leave internal doors open or ideally remove them and store them upstairs. 
  • Outside the house, move anything not fixed down to a safer location, barbecue, and dustbins or similar.
  • Move your car to high ground to avoid damage. 
  • Weigh down manhole covers outside the house to prevent them floating away and leaving a hazardous hole. 
  • Keep important personal documents in a sealed bag and in a location safe from floodwater. 
  • Keep details of your insurance policy somewhere safe.

Useful Links

Met Office  - weather warnings
Environment Agency  - offers a flood warning alert service by telephone and lots of practical advice
CIRIA  - advice on what to do if your home is flooded
CILA  - helpful leaflets on flood repair to download
Highways Agency  - latest traffic updates if you are planning to travel through affected areas
Health Protection Agency  - advice on reducing health risks from flooding
Local councils  - search for and contact your local council

Useful Telephone Numbers

Environment Agency Floodline - 0845 988 1188
Highways Agency Information Line -08457 504030
Emergency services – 999

Remember:

  • The Police co-ordinate emergency services and help with evacuation from flood areas.
  • The Fire Service is responsible for life saving, rescue and recovery. They will also help with pumping out floodwater, for which there may be a charge.
Remember, you can call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188 any time, day or night, for real-time flood warnings and advice.

28/5/2012
JUBILEE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND RAVES "OPERATION ALLEGRO".
Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend Appeal for Information

With the upcoming Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend Sussex Police are asking members of the public to be alert to any possible rave related activity.
This could include:
-         the removal of locks from secured access points
-         vehicles, particularly panel vans or larger, driving off road
-         groups of vehicles congregating in rural areas
-         convoys of vehicles
-         loud music from remote woodland
Please report any such activity on the Sussex Police non emergency number of 101 as soon as possible, quoting OPERATION ALLEGRO. By receiving early warnings Sussex Police have a much better chance of disrupting the rave and dispersing those responsible for its organisation. Extra patrols will be mounted over the Bank holiday weekend and any early intelligence of rave activity gained from members of the public will be passed to these patrols as soon as it is received.
If you have any information about illegal raves or those involved in their organisation please contact Sussex Police Telephone:  101 quoting OPERATION ALLEGRO Email: contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk

From 1 November, 101 , the national police non-emergency number, has come into use for all police forces across England and Wales .

Why do you need a new non-emergency number?

The Government is committed to cutting crime and empowering citizens to keep their neighbourhoods safe. Key to achieving this is making it easier for the public to contact the police and report crime and disorder. The 2010 British Crime Survey found that only 54% of the public know how to contact their local police if they want to talk to them about policing, crime or anti-social behaviour. Giving people an easy and memorable number to call to contact their local police force could improve reporting of crime and disorder, ease the pressure on 999, and help efficiently and effectively tackle crime and disorder.

How much will it cost the public to call 101?

calls to 101 will cost 15 pence for the entire call, no matter how long you are on the phone – this applies to both landlines and mobile phones. For the first time ever, everyone calling the police for non-emergency matters will know exactly how much it will cost them and will be assured of equal access whether they are on a pay-as-you-go mobile or a home landline. For many, this will be cheaper than the current cost of calling the police when it is not an emergency – calls to some existing police non-emergency numbers can cost 40 pence per minute on pay-as-you-go tariffs.

Lisa Shadbolt PCSO 27388 Chichester Police Station

Message from Chief Constable Martin Richards Aug 10, 2011

Along with all other Chief Constables in the UK, earlier today I took part in a telephone conference with the Home Secretary to discuss the incidents of disorder which are taking place in some parts of the UK.

Here in Sussex we have been working hard to increase our presence in local communities and have been actively engaging with the public to reassure them about the steps we are taking to keep them safe. I have been heartened to see how everyone is pulling together to help prevent the sad scenes witnessed elsewhere in the country.

I am pleased to report that we have had, with the exception of two arrests in Hastings, a trouble free 24 hours. Please be assured that we are prepared for any deterioration of the situation but at the moment there is no intelligence to indicate there is any risk of disorder in Sussex. We will continue to monitor intelligence and are stepping up our preparation for a number of high profile events taking place across the county this weekend, including Pride and Airbourne. We have also provided mutual aid to our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, however we are very conscious of the need to ensure that local needs must continue to be met.

You are probably aware that there have been numerous rumours circulating across Sussex. It is clear that the public are genuinely concerned about current events and we have been working hard to ensure that inaccurate information does not cause unnecessary concern or worry to residents. We have been using our website and social media accounts to keep the public updated and are working directly with groups who need specific advice. On a personal level it has been heartening to receive so many positive messages in appreciation of the work we are doing and support from the public in dispelling rumours.

I will continue to keep you updated about the picture in Sussex as events unfold but would like to extend my thanks for your vital ongoing support at this time.

Martin Richards, Chief Constable

Problems with speeding motorists, anti social driving or abandoned vehicles?
Message to Oil tank owners
Project Pegasus - Sussex Police want you to become a member of Project Pegasus!

Are you involved in recreational airborne activities or employed in the aviation industry?
Do you own an aircraft or microlight?
Do you live near small airstrips or areas where aircraft can land?

Help keep your airspace, aircraft and equipment safe! Report anything suspicious or seems out of place - call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999, quoting Project Pegasus.

You can register with Project Pegasus to receive, by email, timely appropriate general aviation crime information and intelligence updates providing summaries of incidents which are of interest to you. We may also contact you with specific reports and requests that you may be able to assist us with, for example - reports of suspicious persons, vessels or stolen boats. Please note that your contact details will be kept for Project Pegasus purposes only.

You can enrol in Project Pegasus today by completing the online registration form by clicking here:
http://www.sussex.police.uk/advice-and-support/project-pegasus
When completing your online registration please ensure you include your name and postcode. Thank you.

Beware this scam
Residents have made us aware of a potential scam that may be taking place via telephone.

It appears that calls have been made to residents from a company stating to be part of Microsoft Tech Support Network or similar.

The caller states that they have monitored the home owners computer system and that the system needs cleaning and that the virus protection needs updating to prevent any faults occurring. They then request bank details over the phone in order to carry this out.

Police are currently investigating these reports but we ask that if any one is to receive a similar phone call to this, do not pass any personal information or bank details to the caller. If you are experiencing problems with your computer or laptop then contact the manufacturer direct.

We will send out a further update once the investigation is completed to clarify these reports


Local Crime Figures (12 months) to 31 Dec 2010

Auto Theft

Burglary Dwelling

Burglary Other

Criminal damage

Fraud/ Forgery

Other Drug Offences

Other Offences

Other Theft and Handling

Bosham

13

4

20

19

1

0

2

48

Chidham

3

1

1

4

1

0

0

9

Funtington

24

1

15

13

0

0

1

9

Southbourne

31

14

22

26

10

0

1

81

Poss. of Cannabis

Poss. of other drugs

Robbery

Sexual Offences

Trafficking controlled drugs

Vehicle interference & tampering

Violence against person

Annual Total

2010 on 2009 comparison

Bosham

3

0

0

1

0

1

14

126

Down 4

Chidham

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

20

Down 11

Funtington

1

0

0

1

0

0

8

73

Up 18

Southbourne

3

1

1

5

1

2

38

236

Up 3



Neighbourhood Management Panels

Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Teams are continually seeking ways to improve how we engage with the community and make ourselves identifiable, accessible and responsive to your needs and concerns.

We introduced Neighbourhood Management Panels in September 2008 and will continue to develop and enhance them during 2009. We have committed to expanding this concept with the formation of twenty four panels within Chichester District consisting of local persons representative of the community in which they live. This approach will allow you the community to choose your own priorities which the police and partner agencies will work together on to solve. Examples of priorities already set by existing panels within the district are involve issues such as speeding in villages and anti social behaviour in set locations to name but a few.

Interested in becoming involved in a Neighbourhood Panel for your area? or if you would simply like further information please contact myself either by e mail or leave me a message on my voicemail (Tel 0845 60 70 999 Extn: 27372) and I will happily get back to you.




NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND POLICING

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. It is not just about reducing burglary figures, it's also about creating communities who care. It brings local people together and can make a real contribution to improving their lives. Neighbourhood Watch is a method of developing close liaison between households in a neighbourhood and the police. The aims are to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by improved home security, greater vigilance, fast and accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and fostering a community spirit. Householders are the ‘eyes and ears' of the community and they usually know who and what people and vehicles belong in their road. All they need to do is to be reactive as to what is occurring.

‘RAISING AWARENESS' - Police can only react to problems and crime if they are made aware of it. If incidents of crime or anti social behaviour occur they need to be reported as this paints a picture for the police as to where problems are taking place. Police and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) will target such areas. There are a large number of PCSO's, plus some District Council Wardens. They are briefed to patrol these areas and hold ‘street' briefings in order to discourage incidents from occurring and to foster good relations with the community.

INCIDENTS / CRIME - All incidents and crime reported to the police is recorded. In some situations when crime is reported and there is no evidence at the scene and there is no likelihood of an arrest being made, the police may not necessarily visit the scene. Similarly, if an incident occurs, there may be other more serious occurrences taking place in the area, at the time, that the police have to give a higher priority to, therefore your incident cannot be attended to. Such calls are graded according to their severity.

WHICH NUMBER TO CALL - These guidelines should help you to decide as to which is the best number for you to call, should you require the police:

999 – EMERGENCY - You should only use the 999 number when:
A crime is in progress.
A life threatening situation is occurring.
A serious road crash has taken place.
Or if you genuinely believe that the police need to attend as a matter of urgency.

0845 60 70 999 (or e-mail contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk ) - NON EMERGENCY You can use this telephone number to contact Sussex Police in all other situations. Switchboard operators answer these calls in Lewes and transfer you to the appropriate person. You will either be transferred to the local police station or the Call Handling Centre depending upon the nature of your enquiry. You should use this number when:
You witness a suspicious incident but you haven't actually seen a crime take place.
You belatedly discover that a crime has been committed which still needs the attention of the police.
You see evidence of a crime recently having taken place, but no obvious offender
You want to speak to a member of the Sussex Police staff

NEIGHBOURHOOD SPECIALIST TEAMS (NST) – Each area has its own NST police officer and PCSO. To find out who covers your area go to www.sussex.police.uk and search on your area or postcode, or call the police on 0845 60 70 999 .


Neighbourhood Watch

There are only 82 households that belong to Neighbourhood Watch in Chidham. With a population of nearly 1,000 people it is not well represented. We are always looking to increase the membership of Neighbourhood Watch in the area and would like to hear from anyone who is interested. Neighbourhood Watch is all about: Neighbourhood Watch looks after the more vulnerable, it helps to bring back the community spirit, it reduces crime and the fear of crime.

If you are interested or would like more information please call the Neighbourhood Watch office at Chichester Police Station on 01243 784439.
Phil Marten – Crime Prevention Co-ordinator – Chichester Police Station

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Neighbourhood Watch Notice

The Police and Trading Standards would like to remind everybody of the dangers posed by doorstep callers. Recent examples have included:

  • People offering to lay tarmac.
  • People offering to carry out hedge trimming or other gardening work.
  • “Antiques dealers” offering to buy articles.
  • People selling power tools in rural areas.
  • People claiming they were dealing with an emergency affecting the water supply.

Householders are reminded to consider very carefully before purchasing services from unsolicited callers. Work may be badly completed, the price may be increased unexpectedly and it may be impossible to trace the service provider when problems occur. There is also the potential for fraud or distraction burglary.

Use the doorstoppers code:

  • Stop – do they have an appointment?
  • Chain – ensure this is in operation before opening the door.
  • Check – ask for and double check any identification offered. Confirm any telephone number given against your own telephone directory.

If you are wishing to sell articles, use recommended reputable traceable sources only. Obtain several quotes and if the dealer needs to attend your property try and have a friend or neighbour present when the valuation occurs. Do not agree to a doorstep sale on the spur of the moment.

If in any doubt, or suspicious of callers, telephone the police as soon as possible.

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THE KEEPSAFE SCHEME


It’s almost ten years since Chichester Police and the Chichester District Council joined together to help make the homes of vulnerable people more secure.  Anyone who is receiving one of the means tested benefits can use the service.

The scheme known as ‘KEEPSAFE’ has since provided free locks and security advice to nearly 900 people living in the Chichester district and this figure continues to grow. The scheme uses the ‘handy person’ from one of the regions largest charities, Southern Focus Trust, to carry out the work on their behalf.

The ‘KEEPSAFE’ scheme has made the lives of many vulnerable residents feel more comfortable and secure in their own homes by reducing people’s fear of crime.

Phil Marten, Crime Prevention Co-ordinator at Chichester Police Station, who operates the scheme said, “I see incidents of burglary where the burglar has found it very easy to get in.  With our scheme we can get the qualified and experienced Southern Focus Trust ‘handyperson’ to visit and give advice on security and improve door and window security.”

If you would like any further information on this service please telephone Phil Marten on 01243 784439 or if you wish to use this service please call Chichester Careline on 0845 6015568.

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‘DATA’ LINK - HAS YOUR FRIDGE GOT THE MESSAGE?


What is Data Link?

It is a voluntary scheme for anyone living at home who might be reassured to know that essential information would be readily available to the Emergency Services, should they suffer an accident or sudden illness.

The scheme ensures that vital information is available not only to identify them but to advise of relevant illnesses, allergies, medication and contact address.

How does the scheme work?

Your details are stored in a clearly labelled plastic container, which is kept in the fridge. Two matching labels, known to the Emergency Services and other care agencies are displayed in the house, one on the outside of the fridge and the other on the inside (placed so it is not visible from outside) of the front door.

What do you have to do?

Complete the supplied form, fold it and put it in the capsule and then place it in the door compartment of the fridge.

Where can I obtain the capsule, stickers and form?

Police Stations will be a able to supply you with these items.

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