Allotments targetted

POLICE are warning allotment holders to take extra security precautions after a spate of thefts.

They want all owners to store expensive of valuable items at home and keep records of equipment following raids last week on 22 sheds and allotments in Driffield and Beverley when power tools, gardening equipment and other items were stolen.

Allotment owners are also advised to create a list of all of their equipment and tools including photographs where possible.

Items should also be marked to identify them as belonging to owners and they suggest using brick coloured paint to deter thieves or to take advantage of free property marking and additional crime prevention advice and guidance neighbourhood officers at Bridlington police station.

Inspector Mark Coulthard said: “We are asking all allotment owners to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police - no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is. Writing down the description of an unusual person or vehicle seen in the area of the allotments can greatly help us in our investigations.

“We would also ask owners to increase the security at their allotment; shed alarms, security lights and strong locks are all tools that can help your allotment become less attractive to a thief.

“Setting up an Allotment Watch Scheme in your area is also a good idea and your local PCSO’s can help with this.”