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The Bobby on the Bay Life Beat: Crime prevention in the community

Evening all: Retired police officer,  Paul Smith, has joined Bay Life to keep tabs on new crime prevention in the community, posting about community security and crime matters.

He served for 24 years in the Police in Brighton and was a Scots Guards musician.

Paul was a well known bobby on the beat in Brighton and moved, with wife Annie, to Beachlands in Pevensey Bay.

The couple are now based in Eastbourne, but are regular visitors to the Bay on a weekly basis, the place they say is their first love, in particular Beachlands.

Dividing his time between a part-time position working at a local Express superstore and his passion for research into genealogy, he could often be seen in our local library.

Paul is also working on his first novel for children, which is to be dedicated to his two sons, which he describes as a kind of ‘Watership Down’ based in Sussex Downland near Brighton with the working draft name “Sweet Hill’.

He says “in the absence of a community beat officer here in Pevensey Bay, I am posting a kind of crime prevention section, one of my jobs was to give crime prevention talks to various bodies.”

Here in the second of his posts, he turns his attention to the question of artifice burglery.

With a nod and wink to his sense of public duty as a policeman, and with characteristic wit, he posts to the Bay Life web platform online at 6:25pm on Saturdays, the same time Dixon of Dock Green was broadcast on BBC1. The programme was voted second most popular programme on British TV in 1961.

The Bobby on the Bay Life Beat is available to browse online and to read in the Pevensey Bay Journal.

Here are his thoughts on artifice burglary, to offer a flavour of what he is doing by keeping tabs on crime in the community.

Artifice Burglary
This definition is “any crime where a falsehood, trick or distraction is used on an occupant of a dwelling to gain access to the premises in order to commit burglary”.

Examples: Offender breaks into your home and steals items such as jewellery,cash or other items. This is a burglary.

But if the offender knocks on your door and says he is from the Water Board and he needs you to go upstairs and run the taps on your bath and sink and see if the water changes colour then to shout down to him and
in the meantime steals items belonging to you this is an artifice or distraction burglary because you allowed him to come in. As he steps into your property he is not a trespasser.

So is there a solution to artifice burglary?

Shut the door contact the police, ring a neighbour.

If you do let him in, then look for ID, he may have a high Vis jacket on and maybe a badge. Look at him, at his footwear, trousers and clothing under the Hi Vis jacket. Hair colour and style, does he have any tattoos on his hands or neck or face. Has he parked a vehicle outside your property?

Generally the offenders target the elderly so if you have elderly neighbours then if you see something suspicious where someone is only knocking on elderly persons doors, contact the police, noting the description of the person or persons and any vehicles.

Genuine calls. unless there is an emergency. are generally advertised with signs on lamp posts or a letter from the relevant authority.

Now that the Bobby is no longer on the beat we need to be vigilant and look out for the vulnerable in our neighbourhood.

Are you old enough to remember, “Watch out, there is a thief about.” This maxim still applies.