A MAJOR crackdown has been launched by police to target burglaries.
Sussex police is teaming up with neighbouring forces in Surrey, Thames Valley and Kent to target cross-county burglars.
The three-week campaign covers 5,600 square miles and comes as the clocks go back – a time of the year traditionally when burglaries go up due to the darker evenings.
Police are not revealing the tactics being used, but officials said there would be ‘overt and covert action’.
Last year Sussex police were called to 3,277 burglaries.
Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones, from Sussex police, said: ‘Burglary is a priority for us because we know what an impact this crime type has on people.
‘The emotional effect of burglary is often far more devastating than the loss of their belongings.
‘This campaign sees us working with our partners to reduce burglary at a time of year when we know it traditionally increases.
‘I would urge anyone who notices people acting suspiciously in their area or vehicles that look out of place to report them.
‘Your information could be what is needed to get a gang of burglars off the streets.’