Police advice on increasing farm break-ins

Sussex Police have advised us that they starting to see some farms being broken into again.  They have asked all to be alert and take measures to protect property.

  • Take several photographs, from different angles, especially any unique markings.
  • Take notes of your serial and chassis numbers.
  • Fit an immobiliser/tracker.
  • Use clamps, locks and alarms.
  • Keep machinery out of sight and locked away using as many barriers as possible.
  • Keep gates closed, locked and alarmed where able.
  • Mark your property, make it unique and easy to identify.  Serial/chassis numbers are often scratched off, if the Police recover items it can be difficult to return an item if it is generic.
  • If you have had machinery stolen before, try to keep it in a different location, thieves know that you will replace it as you need it for your work, so they will most likely return and they already know the layout of your land.
  • If you have security posters, move them around frequently, people only notice them for around 3 months, moving them shows you are alert to your security.
  • Lighting – thieves don’t like lighting as it draws attention.
  • CCTV – ideally cameras that are linked to your phone can alert you to the fact that someone is breaking into your property and you can call the Police immediately.
  • Don’t leave your keys in the ignition.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the Police, theives often scope the area beforehand.
  • Making as many barriers as possible increases the time and effort it takes for someone to steal your equipment.


If you are interested in more details/applying, please contact directly using the link below.

Dear Clerk,

Please may you share the below email with your councillors.

Many thanks,


From: Ninesh Edwards
Sent: 14 April 2021 09:41
To: Trevor Leggo

Dear Trevor,

Sussex Police and Crime Panel is looking for two Independent Members, to each serve a maximum five-year term. Applicants should live in Sussex. The Panel has the statutory task of holding Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner to account. We’ve had a significant level of interest from parish councillors when the position has been advertised in the past.

More details can be found here: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/jobs/job-search-details/?nPostingId=74632&nPostingTargetId=85825&id=PA8FK026203F3VBQBV7QW798C&LG=UK&mask=baconfig

I would be grateful for any help you could provide in publicising the opportunity within your parish council networks, as you have done to good effect previously!

The ad was first published on Monday, with a closing date of 14 May.

Thanks for any help, and best wishes,


Ninesh Edwards pronouns he/him

Senior Advisor, Democratic Services
West Sussex County Council, Room 102 (Cabinet Office), 1st Floor, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ


Police Message – sheep worrying in Dallington

I’ve just received this message from Sussex Police –
4 large black dogs were seen sheep worrying  in Dallington on Christmas Eve.  Thankfully none of the sheep were badly injured, but police would like to trace the dogs’ owner.   One border collie and possibly 3 German Shepherds.     If you have any information please contact rural PCSO Julie Pearce-Martin by email on julie.pearcemartin@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101 and quoting crime reference 0906 of 24/12/2019.
Irene – Parish Clerk


A Named PCSO for every local community – Sussex Police

Every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO starting from next month, Sussex Police has announced.

The confirmation follows an investment in 100 extra PCSOs, secured through local funding by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne – bringing the total number to 296.

Chief Constable Giles York said the decision will put ‘eyes and ears’ into every part of the county and give local people a direct point of contact for local policing issues and concerns.

“When we introduced the new local policing model three years ago, we said it would be scalable. Now, thanks to this additional investment, we’re in a position to strengthen local policing and we know this is what local communities want to see,” said Mr York.

“Our PCSOs do an incredible job, every day, working alongside their police officer colleagues to prevent and detect crime and tackle anti-social behaviour in our local communities.

“This change means communities will soon begin to see and feel the benefits of their investment as new PCSOs are deployed over the coming months, where they will provide a visible policing presence and be a point of contact for local policing issues.”

The change will take effect from November 4, when all existing PCSOs will adopt responsibility for a defined geographical area, and be rolled out over the coming months as the additional PCSOs are recruited and deployed.

It comes in addition to recent announcements on the recruitment of 379 additional police officers for the county over the next four years.

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:

“My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly show that the public want PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police. Neighbourhood Policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations.

“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role of PCSOs by equipping them with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time  keeping the  best of the old model where PCSOs were known in their local communities. I know that communities across the county will be delighted to hear Sussex Police are  making their  PCSOs more accessible  and visible  by increasing the  numbers on our streets by 100 and providing a named PCSO for each ward area.”

PSCOs will continue to form part of wider local prevention teams, ensuring that finite police resources can be focused on the most critical issues.

The uplift in PCSOs includes six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support and advice to those in rural communities.

The increase will help address some of the low level issues affecting communities, preventing the escalation of more serious crime and violence.

The decision complements ongoing transformation plans by Sussex Police to strengthen local policing, modernise to respond to changing patterns of serious crime and the ways in which the public can contact the police.

These additional PCSO posts are being recruited throughout the financial year with intakes of 18 in July 2019, 36 in September 2019, 36 in January 2020 and 36 in March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

The 100 new posts will be allocated based on demand with details available locally and at www.sussex.police.uk from November 4.