Police issue warning after burglaries in Horsham and Roffey

Police have issued a warning after a number of burglaries in Horsham and Roffey since Christmas

Wednesday, 12th March 2014, 1:14 pm
Police are appealing for witnesses

Patrols in these areas have been increased.

PCSO Emma Walsh, of Horsham police, said: “Local officers are fully aware of the incidents, as are the rest of the team and are patrolling the area on a regular basis.

“The burglaries are currently being investigated and we are continuing to encourage people to call in regarding any suspicious activity in the area at the time.”

She added: “Unfortunately we have recently received calls a few days after the incident has occurred which means we are unable to attend at the time.”

However, the number of incidents across the county as a whole have fallen.

Sussex Police’s blitz on burglars has helped save the county more than £2 million this year alone.

The latest figures for this year show that the number of burglaries committed in Sussex has fallen by almost 15 per cent - down from 3,281 between April 2012 and January 2013 to 2,795 in the equivalent period in 2014.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie last June to tackle burglary across the county, and Neighbourhood Watch plays an active part in this.

Detective superintendent Jez Graves said: “We’ve had some great successes in catching and charging burglars and their accomplices since the launch of Operation Magpie.

“Among the successes in recent weeks have been the arrest of five men and a woman in connection with 11 burglaries - five of which took place in West Sussex.”