Spike in allotment thefts prompts police action

POLICE in Ely are holding a crime prevention session following a series of break-ins at allotments.

More than four offences have been reported in the past four weeks across East Cambridgeshire with thieves targeting unsecured sheds and damaging allotments.

In October, offenders broke into sheds at allotments in Stuntney but nothing was stolen.

Officers will offer security advice and mark tools at High Barns allotments, Ely, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday (November 27).

PCSO Matt Chennell said: “We will be offering security advice and marking tools to raise awareness of thefts from allotments.

“After the recent incidents at Stuntney allotments, which are only a few miles away, we wanted to start prevention work.

“Registering property allows police to quickly trace the owner if it is stolen and recovered.

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“I would urge allotment owners to invest in security devices to help deter thieves. Closed shackle padlocks and shed alarms can help prevent break-ins and it is also worth property marking high value items.”