Help and Advice
There are many ways you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime. It is possible to make yourself safer and protect your home, family and your belongings by following some simple common sense suggestions without having to spend a lot of money.
Sussex Police website provides useful crime prevention information covering the following topics:
If you think a child or young person is being manipulated or coerced into criminal activity and being exploited, you can visit the (to follow) website for advice and information.
If you have concerns that a child or young person is being sexually exploited, the Sussex Police website has further information.
More support resources can be found on the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board website.
Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
Most fires in the home can be prevented by taking some basic and common sense precautions. Find out how to inspect your home for anything that could cause a fire. You can then take the necessary actions to protect your home and the people who live in it.
Please see the Fire Service website to find out how to prevent and deal with fires in your home.
To see if you are eligible for a free home fire safety check please see the guidance provided by West Sussex County Council.
Hate incidents and crimes are those motivated by hostility or prejudice based on the victim’s disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity. If you, or someone you know, experiences discrimination or harassment which you believe is based on any of the factors above, you can report it to the Hate Incident Support Service at West Sussex County Council.
Families in crisis or in need of support to prevent crisis can access help through IPEH. There is a range of support available from universal information signposting through to family keyworkers. IPEH works to a “whole family” ethos to ensure the needs and welfare of both children and adults are met.
For further information please visit the West Sussex County Council website.
The internet contains a huge amount of information and enables us to access a wide range of products and services that were previously unavailable to the majority. Unfortunately there are cyber criminals and hackers who take advantage of the anonymity of the online world to deceive, steal and exploit if the opportunity arises.
For more information on how you can protect yourself from becoming an online crime victim please visit the West Sussex County Council Staying Safe Online website.
Information for keeping young people informed and safe online and additional resources can be accessed on the NSPCC website.
With people now more aware of personal security issues and around the home, criminals are now turning more to scams. It can sometimes be difficult to spot scams, but Sussex Police have some useful tips on how to prevent fraud.
To report a fraud and for further advice and information you can visit the Action Fraud website.
If you want to report a violent or sexual assault you should:
- Contact the police on 999 if the incident happened recently;
- Contact the 101 non-emergency number if it happened a long time ago, or;
- Go into your local police station.
If you don’t want to report it to the police, the Victim Support website can provide help and support.
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