Last Friday, September 1st, we were invaded by a cheerful, resourceful but rather stupid gang of scammers, apparently determined to clean us out of any valuables in sight. So look out for them.They appeared in a silver BMW, greeted me with cheerful familiarity declaring they came to repair a leak – later seamlessly changing the story to tracing a source of bad smells under contract to Southern Water. (Next time they may switch to a different story to suit the circumstances).
To prevent a repeat of this, you need to call 101 or fill out the Sussex Police online form to report it.
David Ward and David Sewell kindly attend our regular LAT meetings with other local resident groups, on behalf of FOPA. Key points for June’s meeting are below:
Hove Police have contacted FOPA to inform members & where possible all residents. Apparently there is a new problem with rough sleepers getting into the buildings in order to find somewhere to sleep. To do this they are often using the ‘Trade button’ on the intercom as they have discovered that in many cases it is on a 24 hour availability.
The RSPCA and Police have issued warnings to the public to be careful walking dogs after a spate of deaths and dog poisoning around Hove and Portslade. Sausages laced with slug pellets were found in the Cuckoo Trail in Hailsham.
We have had problems with anti-social behaviour over summer months in particular.
The ongoing disturbances over the summer from youths in the gardens seems to be taken seriously after several complaints and discussions from FOPA representatives at our Brunswick & Adelaide LAT (local action team) meetings. Our local councillor Ollie Sykes emailed the following report 18 July 2014.
There is always a rise in burglaries during the summer because of unsecured windows and doors. On warm days and nights we all love to leave our windows open but this is an invitation to some. Don’t make it easy for burglars, check these essential home security tips and take the time to be aware of any weak points in your home security.
The Police have advised us of a significant increase in burglaries and attempted break-ins in this area. It is essential that street doors are kept shut, that unknown callers are not admitted to buildings without verification, and that flats on the ground and basement levels do not leave windows open. There is also an increased risk where scaffolding is in place, which gives an access route to adjoining first floor balconies. All residents are asked to take careful note of this.
Artful cycle thieves are once again operating in our area. Be sure to securely fasten and lock your bike if left outside, or even inside in public ways.