Crime data update

At the recent Chichester All Parishes Meeting, Chief Inspector Jon Carter provided details of crime data for the county during 2020. Whilst it was pleasing to see a 9.1% decrease in overall crime compared to 2019 it is of considerable concern that 39% of all offences were domestic abuse related – partly due to effects of so many people having to stay at home in accordance with Coronavirus lockdowns etc. For more details, Chief Inspector Carter’s report can be seen here.

Dog thefts

There have been many reports of dog theft both at local and national level as a consequence of a steep rise in prices for pets during lockdown. Through the recently formed Rural Crime Unit, Sussex Police have been taking action to combat this disturbing crime. Details of their activities and their advice to dog owners on measures to protect their pets can be seen here.

New police crime unit

Sussex Police have announced the launch of a new unit to track and catch dangerous and wanted criminals using the Sussex roads network across the county, targeting those involved in serious, organised and violent crime. For more information, please see here.