Security on allotments has long been a problematic issue, with petty theft and shed break-ins being a fact of life for many allotment growers.
- Sheds should be kept in a good condition and be located in a visible position
- Use high quality locks, doors and hinges, and ideally block off all windows
- Use tamper proof screws or drill out screw heads
- Visibly mark property and record the serial numbers for free on immobilise.com, the national property register. This will aid recovery if stolen items are recovered by the police
- If you do not use your equipment or tools on a regular basis take them home with you
- Regularly check all fencing to make sure it’s in good condition. We recommend that your fence should be at least two meters high and form a solid barrier with no gaps
- Gates should always be securely locked and should ideally be a design that is difficult to climb
- Check that there are no bins, composters, trees or bushes that could be used to climb over the fence. Also consider planting thorny bushes inside the fence to deter entry
- A well-lit allotment is much less attractive to thieves, especially if it is overlooked by footpaths or buildings
- Install clearly visible, weatherproof signs alerting passers-by that all property on site is monitored by CCTV cameras and is security marked. You could also include opening hours, contact details and how to report a crime.