Sussexes California neighbourhood targeted by specialised burglary gangs

The neighbourhood of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's California residence is said to have been "targeted by specialised burglary gangs".

Harry and Meghan's hometown appears to be the current focus of "sophisticated" burglary gangs that specialise in high-value properties such as the ones in the Californian neighbourhood.

Living alongside big names such as Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom and Oprah Winfrey, the lavish area has seen a series of star-studded properties become the target of "out-of-the-area theft gangs".

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Police officials from Santa Barbara's Sheriff's department have installed 18 license plate recognition cameras in response to the "high-value property crime" the area has seen recently.

A further six cameras were added to the wider area of Montecito, with police hoping to identify the burglars currently targeting the Sussex neighbourhood.

Increased security measures come just months after police revealed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's home was broken into by two intruders.

The pair were said to have been at home with their children, Archie and Lilibet, when alarms on the property grounds were triggered by would-be intruders.

Officers visited the property on May 19, and then had to respond to a second alarm trip on May 31.

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The second of the two apparent security scares came just days after the family had left California for the UK, where they headed to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

A total of six security calls have been recorded over the past 14 months, Hello reported, with both May intrusions labelled as "suspicious circumstances" by responding officers.

Montecito is also said to house the likes of Bruce Willis, John Travolta and Ariana Grande, with the popular stretch of coastal homes put on alert due to the burglary crew.

Their presence in the area has seen the out of area gang target the high-value homes, with luxury pads in the area ranging anywhere from £1million to £15m.

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