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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
  • 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 www.immobilise.com the Police's national property register, to aid recovery of any stolen items.
Perimeter
  • 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.
Lighting
  • A well-lit allotment is less attractive to thieves, especially if it is overlooked by footpaths or buildings.
Alarms
  • 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.
Signs
  • 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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