There are many ways you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime. It is possible to make yourself safer and protect your home, family and your belongings by following some simple common sense suggestions without having to spend a lot of money.
A selection of useful crime prevention information covering a range of crime types can be found on the police website. You can also find out about the levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in their streets and neighbourhoods.
With people now more aware of personal security issues and around the home, criminals are now turning more to scams. It can sometimes be difficult to spot scams, but Sussex Police have some useful tips on how to prevent fraud.
You can download the Little Book of Big Scams which explains ways to try and avoid fraud and other scams.
To report a fraud and for further advice and information you can visit the Action Fraud website.
Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
For more information and details of the local services available to support anyone who thinks they may be a victim, go to the West Sussex County Council website.
Hate Incidents and Crime
Hate incidents and crimes are those motivated by hostility or prejudice based on the victim’s disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity. If you, or someone you know, experiences discrimination or harassment which you believe is based on any of the factors above, you can report it to the Hate Incident Support Service at West Sussex County Council.
Sexual Offences and Child Sexual Exploitation
If you want to report a sexual assault you should:
- Contact the police on 999 if the incident happened recently;
- Contact the 101 non-emergency number if it happened a long time ago, or;
- Go into your local police station.
If you think a child or young person is being manipulated or coerced into for sexual activity, you can see the Sussex Police website for advice and information on Child Sexual Exploitation and how to report it.
More information can be found on the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board website.
Most fires in the home can be prevented by taking some basic and common sense precautions. Find out how to inspect your home for anything that could cause a fire. You can then take the necessary actions to protect your home and the people who live in it.
Please see the Fire Service website to find out how to prevent and deal with fires in your home.
To see if you are eligible for a free home fire safety check please see the guidance provided by West Sussex County Council.
Child Online Safety
Please read the following information aimed at parents and carers, regarding online safety: Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Please see the attached document relating to vehicle crime: Vehicle Crime advice