Alford theft sparks warning

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POLICE have urged home owners to protect items in their gardens after almost 50 paving slabs were stolen from an address in Alford.

The theft of around 44 slabs from a property in Christopher Road was discovered on Saturday (January 21).

And officers have warned that the theft is symptomatic of a surge in similar garden-related crimes in recent weeks.

Urging members of the public to take steps to protect their gardens, Crime Prevention Officer, PC Ady Steeples, from Skegness Police Station, said, “We have recently seen an increase in the number of thefts involving stolen stone items, including garden ornaments, Yorkstone flags, and in one instance, an entire garden wall.

“Unlike scrap metal dealers, stone reclamation yards are not required by law to record details of persons bringing in items for sale, although we are working closely with local firms to help them identify when stone products may be stolen.

“We ask the community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious vehicles and activity. DNA property marking techniques, such as Smartwater, will work on many types of surface, including garden ornaments and we will be glad to provide further information on how to protect belongings from thieves”.

Anyone with information about the theft, or who requires crime prevention advice, should contact Skegness Police Station by dialling 101.

The Alford theft was ‘incident 125 of January 21’.

Alternatively you can report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.