Crime East Sussex Wealden

Police stepping up patrols in rural areas of Wealden

Police stepping up patrols in rural areas of Wealden

Sussex Police has been stepping up patrols in rural areas of Wealden in a bid to disrupt crime.

Officers have stopped numerous vehicles as part of an initiative to identify criminals targeting farms, rural dwellings, sheds and garages.

Some of the vehicles stopped belong to farmers checking on their outbuildings, and other members of the community, many of whom have expressed their appreciation for the proactive steps police are taking.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, district commander for Wealden, said: “If criminals think the police have reduced capability to tackle crime because of the current pandemic, they are mistaken.

“On the contrary, we are putting an increasing number of resources and focus on preventing and detecting crimes such as theft, burglary and drug dealing.

“The public are reporting suspicious activity in ever greater numbers, no doubt due to heightened sensitivity about anyone being out and about without just cause.

“It is therefore hopefully a source of reassurance when they encounter one of the proactive police patrols in their area.

“This community intelligence, along with our increased patrol activity, is really helping to build the picture of rural crime, and will undoubtedly lead to arrests.”