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Police Issue Warning for Kemptown Residents After Burglaries Increase

Police Issue Warning for Kemptown Residents After Burglaries Increase
Peggy Bain
  • On January 17, 2018
Police are investigating a series of burglaries to houses and flats in the Kemptown area of Brighton. Since December 22nd there have been seven incidents in a very small area including College Road, College Gardens, Great College Street, Montague Place and Abbey Road.

Three of the seven offences took place on Great College Street on Monday and Tuesday, the 15th and 16th of January. The offences occurred at varying times of day, and mainly electrical items such as laptops and mobiles were stolen.

These follow the armed robbery at WH Smith Post Office on St Georges Road, Kemptown, which occurred on October 9th. The perpetrators threatened staff with a knife and got away with about £10,000.

861 crimes were recorded within 1 mile of the centre of Great College Street, BN2 1HJ. The area is within Kemptown’s policing neighbourhood. Robberies in Brighton are up by forty percent this year, along with sexual offences up by nineteen percent, and violent incidents by twenty five percent. This is the second year in a row that recorded crime in Brighton and Hove has increased.

These figures have been released ahead of impending approval from the City Council for a three year plan targeted at reducing crime across Brighton and Hove. However, these figures may not represent crime in the area with complete accuracy since many incidents remain unreported for various reasons.

The council have identified Kemptown as a hotspot for robberies. Police are increasing patrols in the area and investigating officers continue to investigate the recent robberies. Detective Sergeant Chris Lane said: “We would urge the local community to be vigilant, to assess their home security and ensure doors and windows are secured.”

Brighton & Hove police tweeted: “Alert for Kemptown residents – there have been several recent burglaries in the area – please take care of your property and let us know of any suspicious activity.”

Police are appealing for information about any suspicious people or activity, as they believe the perpetrators of the recent crimes may remain in the local area.

You can contact Brighton and Hove police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 238 of 17/01.

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