December 9 2011

Police are appealing for information on a number of burglaries occurring in Seaford in recent weeks.

The first took place over the weekend of 26th November at a building site in Firle Road, adjacent to Bowden House School. The intruders dismantled the fence to get into the site and took a large quantity of copper tubing worth more than £1,000.

Anyone who has information or saw any suspicious activity around the area should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0356 of 28/11.

In a second break-in, three valuable watches were stolen from a house in Buckingham Close, sometime between 2.30pm on Friday 2nd December and 3pm on Sunday 4th December. The intruder got in by smashing the conservatory window, making off with the three watches, one of which is described as being gold and engraved on the back of the watch face.

Detective Constable Dave Styles said: "We would like to hear from anyone who is offered these watches for sale."

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0898 of 04/12.

On Saturday 3rd December, a Walmer Road home owner disturbed a burglar in his house, who made off with cash and credit cards. The intruder was about 6' and of medium build, dressed in black and possibly wearing a hooded top and gloves. The burglar ran into Walmer Road and the victim was not harmed.

Detective Constable Dave Styles said: "This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and we are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0271 of 3/12."

Sussex police are warning that it is essential to be extra vigilant against burglars at this time of year. Keep Christmas presents out of sight - opportunistic thieves will make the most of open windows and unlocked doors to reach in and take gifts on show. Here are some simple steps you can take:

• Don't pile your presents under the tree, especially if it is by the window. Keep your presents away from prying eyes.
• Hide any boxes, before and after Christmas. Empty boxes left for the rubbish collection shows thieves what's new.
• If you're away over the Christmas period, use automatic time switches to turn on lights, or a radio to give the illusion that someone's home.
• Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are home.

Don't forget, Christmas shopping can also make your car an easy target. In order to avoid being caught off-guard this Christmas: Park in a well-lit busy area; Ensure windows are closed and the doors locked; Take your satnav with you and wipe away the mark from the windscreen; Place your purchases in the boot and out of sight; MP3 players and mobile phones are pocket-sized so make sure yours don't end up in the wrong ones and never leave valuables in your car.

If items can been seen they can be stolen.

A police spokesman said: "Greedy and heartless thieves will take any opportunity to steal if they see gifts in your car or home. I hope these simple steps to keep all your purchases out of sight and locked away will help towards a joyful Merry Christmas for all."

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