Garage break-ins in Hastings and St Leonards

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Police are advising owners to take extra care over security in the wake of several garages being broken into in Hastings and St Leonards recently.

Householders, in particular, who have garages with an inter-connecting door to their house are being urged to make sure it is always locked when not in use.

Hastings divisional commander, chief inspector Paul Phelps, said: “Once such garages have been entered, it is fairly easy to then get into the house itself.

“We’d ask people to remain vigilant over security in general, but to pay particular attention to connecting doors, checking that they are kept locked and bolted.”

Anyone seeing or hearing any suspicious activity is asked to phone 999 and ask for police if they believe a crime is in progress or about to take place.

Otherwise, they can pass on information by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phoning 101.

If they prefer not to leave their name, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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