Police have issued warnings to Hastings residents with key safes after a spate of damage across the town.
In the last month, there appears to have been a trend developing whereby key safes outside residential properties have been damaged or stolen.
So far, four reports have been received from residents in Wykeham Road, Silverlands Road, Fletcher Avenue and Langham Road.
It appears someone is removing or trying to remove the key safes from their fixings outside people’s homes. None of the people who have reported either damage or theft have been burgled.
Inspector Dan Russell of the Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team said: “Typically key safes are installed for people who are vulnerable in some way.
“I would advise that if you or someone you know has a key safe fitted to check that it can’t be seen from the road or pavement. If it can be seen, see if it is possible to have this moved to a place that is out of the direct line of sight but still accessible.
“Each of the people who called in have changed their locks to prevent further crime from happening at their homes. I would advise anyone who sees that theirs, a friend or neighbours key safe has been tampered with to consider changing their locks and contact police by phoning 101, reporting online or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org”
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