PCC Barry Coppinger, PCSO Kay Croft, Chief Inspector Jason Dickson and Redcar and Cleveland Police Cadets handing out padlock alarms
Allotment holders are being offered valuable support from police cadets and neighbourhood officers who are teaming together to try to reduce crime at allotments across Stockton.
Operation Scarecrow will see cadets handing out free padlock alarms to allotment holders on two consecutive Sunday’s, 14 and 21st June.
Stockton, Billingham, Yarm and Thornaby have seen 26 offences of burglaries and theft committed in allotments since October 2014.
The first phase of the operation starts at 9.30am on Sunday 14th June and is for the cadets and officers to engage with the allotment holders and to provide them with crime prevention leaflets regarding allotment crime.
The second phase will be held on Sunday 21st June when the cadets and officers will revisit the selected allotments
to hand out alarmed locks for allotment sheds which have been successfully used in the Redcar and Cleveland area already.
Allotments sites to be visited are:
- Quarry Road, Eaglescliffe.
- Coniscliffe Road, Stockton.
- Billingham Road, Norton.
Allotment holders from other areas are also welcome to attend and speak to cadets about crime prevention advice.
Police Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, will be attending phase two of the operation when the alarmed locks are handed out.
Mr Coppinger said: “I was involved with Operation Scarecrow in the Redcar and Cleveland area in March and it was very successful for all concerned. I am delighted to be able to support this operation again which is an excellent example of the beneficial activities many young people carry out in their local communities.
“Cleveland Police Cadets show the valuable contribution to society youngsters can make. Young people often get a bad name due to the actions of a small minority, so it is excellent to see the cadets working alongside the local police team to tackle crime and promote community safety, and gain useful experience.”
Acting Sergeant Jon Willoughby, who is leading the operation, said: “Offences of theft, criminal damage and burglary at allotments are a continuing problem in the area and tend to increase in the spring and summer as people bring equipment and belongings onto their allotment sites.
“We are working with the police cadets to improve awareness amongst the allotment holders of the vulnerabilities the allotment sites have and to provide them with alarmed locks for their allotment sheds.”
Posted on Friday 12th June 2015