Allotment Watch is a group organised and run by either Essex Police or the independent charity Neighbourhood Watch depending on the area in which you live. The aims are much the same.

  • To encourage local Allotment Watch members to report any suspicious vehicles, persons or potential criminal activity in the area to Essex Police as soon as possible.
  • To increase local awareness regarding crimes in the area and encourage participation in crime prevention and deterrent measures where possible.
  • To improve communication and cooperation amongst allotment holders, by sharing good information regarding suspicious or potential criminal activity and good practice.
  • To improve liaison between Essex Police, members and other partners such as the local authority.
  • To improve the local environment to discourage crime and anti- social behaviour.
  • Participating in a Watch scheme can increase feelings of safety and security, enhance the prevention and detection of crime, and help Essex Police bring offenders to justice and recover stolen property.

What will Essex Police do?

Our Essex Watch Liaison Officers will liaise with Allotment Watch members through a dedicated Essex Watch Liaison Officer.

  • Provide members with information in relation to allotment crimes.
  • Provide advice regarding security measures.
  • Engage with member Allotment Holders and partners through organised meetings where required.
  • Work with key partners to tackle crimes on the allotment where possible.

Essex Police on social media

We're on all the main social networks.  See all the details and links on our social media page.

Reporting incidents

Firstly, do not put yourself in harm's way. For crimes in progress or if life is in danger, always call 999.

You can use our live chat service any day between 7am and 11pm or report crime and anti-social behaviour on our website.

Or, for all non-urgent crime call 101.

For anonymous reporting, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

What we might need to know

  • Report the incident as soon as possible
  • Include information such as incident location including landmarks or your phone’s GPS location. You can use the free What3Words smartphone application to pinpoint your location anywhere in the world to a 3 metre square with three words.
  • Provide as much detail as possible about what you have seen and heard, such as descriptions of persons seen, vehicles (including make, model, colour, registration, direction of travel)
  • Any dash cam footage or photographic evidence

Useful websites

The National Allotment Society


Neighbourhood Watch