Lincolnshire enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the country - but Sadly as Skegness PCSO Dave Bunker points out, “Low Crime doesn’t mean no Crime.”
To help reduce crime even further, allotment watch is launching in the Skegness area.
Allotment Watch is designed to enable allotment users to communicate with their local police to reduce crime and receive crime reduction information and alerts.
The Skegness Neighbourhood Policing Team will be launching the scheme in their area on Saturday, April 25.
Members of the team will be attending local allotments (off Graham Road, Skegness, and Count Alan Road, Winthorpe), between 10am and 2pm.
Members will offer security marking, crime prevention advice and will invite allotment users to register on the scheme and also log their property at ‘Immobilise’, the UK’s largest property registration database.
PCSO Bunker is keen to highlight the initiative.
He said: “The team are also aiming to have signs produced to highlight to potential thieves that our local allotment users are crime aware and on guard, and that all property left on site is security marked.”
Allotment Watch is one of the family of watch schemes within the ‘Lincs Alert’ community messaging system.
Further details can be found at www.lincsalert.co.uk
PCSO Bunker hopes the scheme will have a good take-up.
“I’d like to invite all allotment holders in the Skegness area to contact me via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register on the scheme.”
Watch schemes are a proven deterrent to thieves and when combined with security marking, property registration and warning signs, form a strong combination and help send the clear message: “Our community is crime aware and on its guard - Move on thief”, he said.
Property marking and registration on the scheme is free.
PCSO Bunker added; “I hope all allotment users in the Skegness area will join us and take part in this scheme and we look forward to meeting you at the event.”