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Police and gardeners in Denby work together to boost security at allotments

Posted on 6th October 2014

Police and gardeners in Denby work together to boost security at allotments

Police and local growers in Denby have been working together to help boost security at an allotment site in the area.

Gardening equipment has been security marked and an allotment watch scheme has been set up at the Danesby Rise Allotments.

Officers from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team worked with the Danesby Rise Allotment Association as part of the initiative which is aimed at deterring crime and anti-social behaviour.

It is hoped the scheme will continue to encourage good communication links between police and the community as well as offering reassurance to plot holders.

Equipment used at the site has been marked with a specialist forensic property marking kit and signs have been put up around the allotments to raise awareness of the scheme.

PCSO John Midgley of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Allotment sites can sometimes be more vulnerable to crime, so we’ve been working with the Danesby Rise Allotment Association to help deter this type of activity and keep tools secure through property marking.

“We also hope that the initiative will encourage allotment holders and the local community to report any suspicious activity, and help people using the site to feel safe.”

Richard Brown, Secretary for the Danesby Rise Allotment Association, said: “We’re really fortunate that our site is quite secure but we have had thefts in the past, so we’re really pleased to be working alongside our local police to offer that added bit of confidence to our members.”

To contact the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, or email belper.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

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