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Allotment damages

Alert message sent 03/05/2019 09:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Please be aware that between May 1st and May 3rd 2019 at Phoenix Way Allotments, Bridgemary, offenders have attacked and ransacked a number of allotment outbuildings causing criminal damage. The damage has included forcing and breaking locks, smashing windows and breaking into sheds and outbuildings.

Allotment - Crime Prevention Advice
Due to the locality where a number of allotments are situated, they can be vulnerable targets for incidents such as damage, theft and shed burglaries. Please follow the below advice:

  • Sheds should be kept in good condition and be located in a visible position.
  • Use high quality locks, doors and hinges and ideally block off all windows.
  • Use tamper proof screws on locks etc, or drill out the screw heads.
  • Visibly mark property and record the serial numbers for free on the Police's national property register, to aid recovery of any stolen items.
  • Regularly check all fencing to make sure it's in good condition. Ideally your fence should be 2 metres high and form a solid barrier with no gaps.
  • Gates should always be securely locked and should be of a design that makes climbing difficult.
  • Check that there are no bins, composters, trees or bushes that can be used for climbing over the fence, and consider planting thorny bushes inside the fence to deter entry.
  • A well-lit allotment is less attractive to thieves, especially if it is overlooked by footpaths or buildings.
  • If you have an alarm make sure there is a procedure in place to respond quickly, both to interrupt any crime and to avoid unnecessarily disturbing any local residents.
  • Battery operated shed alarms can be used should there be no power to your shed/outbuilding.
  • Install clearly visible, weatherproof signs alerting passers-by to the opening hours, rules, contact details, all property on site is security marked, any CCTV cameras and how to report a crime.
If you do not use any equipment or tools on a regular basis - take them home.

In an emergency please dial 999, otherwise please dial 101 (the national police non-emergency number).
Message sent by
Ian Mitchell (Police, PCSO, Gosport District)

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