Police have warned ten burglaries on shops and offices in Crawley could be linked.
The chief of Crawley Police has urged businesses to avoid keeping cash on premises and review security regularly.
Chief Inspector David Padwick said: “There has unfortunately been a recent rise in this type of crime being committed locally.
“But officers are taking a robust approach to tackling it and we are currently following up several lines of enquiry.
“We would ask people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity without delay by calling police on 999.
“We’d also urge businesses to avoid keeping quantities of cash on the premises and to ensure security is regularly reviewed.”
Detectives investigating break-ins at ten shops and offices in the area, including the K2 and The Hawth, have not ruled out the possibility of them being linked, a spokesman said.
Intruders targeted cash in particular.
The spokesman said: “Businesses in Crawley are being advised to regularly empty tills and safes and to keep a minimum amount of cash on the premises following several recent break-ins.”
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