Beach huts targeted in West St Leonards: police urge security

Vandals smashed their way into a string of St Leonards beach huts this week, prompting police to urge owners to secure their seaside chalets.

The attacks, which happened in Seaside Road and Cinque Ports Way, follow six reports of beach hut break-ins over the summer months.

In May 2012 West St Leonards was again targeted by thieves breaking into beach huts and sheds.

After the latest spate of attacks, which happened overnight between Monday and Tuesday (September 15-16), Inspector Chris Veale, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Team, urged hut owners to take basic steps to secure their property from vandals.

“Using concealed hinges on the door will prevent criminals from being able to undo screws and bolts,” he said, adding: “ensure that hinges are bolted through the door and reinforced with a steel plate or washer.

“Fit good quality locks to the door. Ideally padlocks should be at least 6cm wide, made of hardened steel, have at least five pins and be a closed shackle type.”

Witnesses are asked to email or phone 101, quoting serials 165 and 204 of 16/9.