|Keith Hall PCSO 5457|
Meet Keith Hall, one of our new police and community support officers. His colleague is John Iemboli, not pictured here. Scarcroft and Hospital Field allotment sites are part of their new patch, they are members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team. Do say hello when you see them around, they are often to be seen on foot or on their bikes.
Remember, if you have any problems on the allotments - vandalism, criminal damage, trespass or rough sleeping (if rough sleepers present a problem for you) please let the police and the allotment association know. If you witness a crime in progress ring 999, if you want to report a crime that is not happening at that moment please ring 0845 60 60 24 7. The police may not be able to do anything about these non immediate crimes, unless there are witnesses, but telling them about what crime is happening on the plots with as much detail as possible about what, when and where, helps them build up a picture of the key times and areas and allows them to adjust their patrolling patterns accordingly. And sometimes they will be able to act, as rumour has it that they were able to lift finger prints off one Scarcroft Allotment plot holder's smashed up greenhouse last year and were able to link the prints to an individual who was subsequently arrested.
Additionally, if you want to report crimes to the association, either do so by coming into the allotment shop or by emailing us on our usual email address email@example.com. If the committee knows how extensive crime is on the plots, they are able to put pressure on various groups to make reducing crime on the plots a priority.
You can make a difference to the level of crime on our plots by doing the following:
- don't leave any valuables in your sheds or hidden on your plots
- mark any tools you do leave on your plot so that they are less easy to sell on
- don't leave petrol on your plot as it can be used to set fire to sheds
- don't leave weedkiller on your plots as it can be used to vandalise other plots
- either leave your sheds and greenhouses unlocked or lock them with a very sturdy lock
- get to know your neighbours and challenge people you don't recognise (if you feel safe to do so). Remember most paths on the sites are not public rights or way so people are trespassing if they are not going to visit a plot.
- always take your phone with you when you go to your plot so you can call the police if you see vandalism in action or call a friend to come an join you if you feel threatened
- make friends with your local dog walkers as they can be our eyes and ears early in the morning and later in the evening when fewer plot holders are around
- display the 'there are no valuables in this shed' sign on your shed - these are available free from the allotment shop
- visit your plot regularly so, if you are the victim of a crime you are able to give more accurate information as to when it happened
Here's hoping for a crime free season.