Police launch Allotment Watch to curb thefts of tools and vegetables

ALLOTMENT Watch is being launched in North Herts tomorrow (Monday) to help prevent crime at sites across the area including the theft of produce and equipment. The launch Allotment Watch will be launched between 10.30am and 2pm at Bickerdikes Garden Centr

ALLOTMENT Watch is being launched in North Herts tomorrow (Monday) to help prevent crime at sites across the area including the theft of produce and equipment.

The launch Allotment Watch will be launched between 10.30am and 2pm at Bickerdikes Garden Centre, Norton Road, Letchworth GC.

The first ten allotment holders to sign up will get a �5 voucher and the scheme is part of National Allotment Week and holders are being invited to attend events taking place across North Herts next week to find out how they can protect their allotment.

The Crime prevention Panel will be at the events and will be offering a shed alarm, hasp and staple lock and a property marking pen all for only �10. They will also be marking property at the event for free.

Police Community Support Officer Anne-Marie Penasa from the Letchworth Neighbourhood Team said: "There has been a small increase in the number of incidents and thefts at allotments in North Herts and we hope the launch of Allotment Watch will allow us to work with holders to reduce these incidents and protect their property.

"Members will be updated about any issues which may affect them so they take preventative measures to secure their premises.

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"Watch schemes are hugely beneficial to our communities and I would urge allotment holders to come along to our events to find out more about how they can get involved.

"I also want this to send a message to potential thieves that not only are the police watching you - the whole of the community are watching you. Together we are determined to ensure allotments are no easy target for you."

Other events are being held at allotments in Letchworth GC on Tuesday at Wilbury between 11am and 1pm, Runnalow between 4pm and 6pm on the same day and at Norton on Wednesday between 10am and noon. On Friday officers will be in Old Hale Way, Hitchin between 11am and 2pm following by a visit to sites in Baldock between 3pm and 7pm.

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