Allotment Watch is a free Essex Police led scheme aimed at individual allotment holders or allotment committees.
How does allotment watch work?
Essex Police will liaise with Allotment Watch members through a dedicated Essex Watch Liaison Officer to:
Provide members with information in relation to allotment crimes and other relevant crimes in the area so that you can be aware of what is going on around you.
Provide advice regarding security measures so that you can try to protect yourselves and your property.
Engage with member Allotment Holders and partners through organised meetings if or when required.
Work with key partners to tackle crimes and anti-social behaviour on the allotment where 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 good security practice, and by sharing information regarding suspicious or potential criminal activity.
To improve the local environment to discourage crime and anti- social behaviour.
To encourage local Allotment Watch members to report any suspicious vehicles, persons or potential criminal activity in the area to us as soon as possible and through the correct channels.
To encourage allotment committees to keep logs of antisocial behaviour as patterns often unfold allowing an effective targeted response, by police and/or local authority officials. Antisocial behaviour can include; graffiti, petty vandalism, nuisance trespassers and minor theft of vegetables or fruit etc.
Participating in a watch scheme can increase feelings of safety and security, enhance the prevention and detection of crime, help us bring offenders to justice and recover stolen property.
Joining allotment watch
If you'd like more information about our allotment watch scheme, or to register your interest, please contact us.