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PUBLISHED: 17:09 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

AN ALLOTMENT watch scheme has been set up in a bid to stop expensive gardening tools and equipment being stolen. Allotment Watch was

AN ALLOTMENT watch scheme has been set up in a bid to stop expensive gardening tools and equipment being stolen.

Allotment Watch was launched by council workers and police at Southlands Road Allotments in Bickley last Sunday.

Now workers from Bromley council and Safer Neighbourhood Police Teams provide a free safety 'walkabout' to identify security weak spots on allotments.

Suggested ideas range from how to choose the best fence, suitable gates and good locks, hedgerows to deter trespassers and how to security mark property.

Councillor Colin Bloom said: "It's a travesty when gardening equipment, which is sometimes hi-tech and expensive to buy, goes missing, but it is also surprising how often this happens due to it not being securely locked away. Even a humble spade can be desirable for some people to steal if they know that they can sell it on.'

For further information on how to book a walkabout call Sue McVicker on 020 8313 4427.

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