Warning after allotments targeted in Gosforth
12 Feb 2016 08:17 AM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for information after a number of burglaries at allotments in Gosforth.
Between Monday night , February 8, and Tuesday morning, February 9, eight allotment sheds were broken into at the allotments site at Three Mile Bridge.
Items including gardening tools and equipment were stolen.
Officers from the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team have stepped up patrols in the area as a precaution and are speaking with allotment owners.
Police are advising allotment owners to take steps to reduce their risk of falling victim to a burglar.
People can take security measures such as installing an alarm to sheds, allotments and outbuildings, and considering using CCTV or security lighting.
Sheds, allotments and other outbuildings should be locked and secure, nothing of value should be left in the open, and instead stored securely.
Other steps such as securing door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws, could prevent their shed from being targeted, and using a British Standard approved lock on shed doors and using a metal shed bar, all make a shed less appealing for burglars.
Residents are also urged to sign up with free property register www.immobilise.com, which means if property is stolen and later recovered it can be returned to the rightful owner.
Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police in Northumberland on 101 quoting reference number 290 09/02/16.