Help and advice

Crime prevention

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.  

Elder abuse

Hourglass supports older people who are victims of or are at risk of all forms of elder abuse. They help people find social activities and new social contacts, as part of re-building their lives. They also aim to support them in recovering from their experiences and help with personal safety and prevention of further abuse. 
Operating times are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Visit the Hourglass website

Fire safety

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.

Find out how to prevent and deal with fires

To see if you are eligible for a free home fire safety check please see the guidance provided by West Sussex County Council

Hate crime

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, please report it to West Sussex County Council. 

Report a hate incident or crime 

Online safety

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 West Sussex County Council Staying Safe Online.

Information for keeping young people informed and safe online and additional resources can be accessed on the NSPCC website.

Terrorism or extremism

If you are worried about any activity or individuals or would like further information visit West Sussex County Council where you can also report these concerns.