Warning following Bognor Regis allotment thefts

SUSSEX Police is warning allotment owners to be aware following recent thefts.

Two sites in Bognor Regis have been subject to breaks where gardening tools, such as strimmers, cultivators and hand tools were stolen.

Breaks were reported overnight between December 2 and 3, in the Spinneymead site, and December 13 to 14, when multiple sheds were accessed in Hook Lane.

The most recent report was overnight on January 6, again at the Spinneymead site, in Hotham.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “If possible, secure or immobilise vehicles or pieces of equipment when they’re not in use. Always keep tools and equipment locked away out of sight.

“Ask advice at your local hardware store as to the best locks and bolts to use.

“Keep a record of serial, chassis and model numbers.

“Security lights are an option if mains power is available on a site, infrared activated security lights will deter night-time raiders.

“Security cameras can offer a solution. These are available in low-light models and infrared.

“Prominent signs warning of their presence would provide a deterrent effect.”

Local police officers are holding a property marking day for allotment site owners to bring along their equipment to be security marked free of charge.

This will be held on Sunday, January 22, at the Spinneymead allotment site at 10am and 2pm at the Hook Lane allotment site.