Kent Police is investigating a number of reported break-ins at allotments in Lydd, Herne Bay and Ramsgate.
Garden equipment, including lawnmowers, has been reported stolen from sheds in Robin Hood Lane, Lydd, between 7pm on Friday 17 March and 8.30am on Saturday 18 March 2017.
Investigating officer, PC Scott Stretton, said: ‘We have been carrying out our enquiries at the allotments and handing out advice on ways in which shed owners can help to protect themselves from this type of crime.
‘We urge anyone who saw anything to contact us as so on as possible as the information could be extremely helpful to our investigation.’
Officers are also investigating burglaries at allotments in Ford Road, Broomfield, Herne Bay between 4pm on Friday 17 March and midday on Sunday 19 March 2017 and Canterbury Road East, Ramsgate, between midnight on Wednesday 1 March and 9am on Thursday 2 March 2017.
Anyone with information, or who sees any items which look suspicious, should call 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/10676/17 for Lydd, ZY/010931/17 for Herne Bay and ZY/008439/17 for Ramsgate. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Crime prevention advice
You can reduce the risk of having your property stolen by:
. always putting tools and equipment away in a locked place
. disabling lawn mowers and other machinery when not in use and chaining items together to a solid anchor point
. using closed shackle padlocks and installing alarms and security lights.
If your property is stolen, you have more chance of getting it back if it is recovered by us if you write down some details (make, model, serial number and identifying marks) and have pictures of the items.
You can also:
. register your valuables on Immobilise – the national secure property database
. security-mark items with a UV pen or a forensic marking solution
. keep hedges and fences maintained and gates locked
. secure hanging baskets to their brackets.
The above information copied from a recent Neighbourhood Watch bulletin for members of the Hawkinge Allotment Society.