Allotments and sheds targeted

East Yorkshire: Help keep your allotment safe

6 May 2015

Allotment and sheds on allotments can be very vulnerable and following a recent spate of thefts at sites across East Yorkshire police are urging people to take steps to improve security.

It is advisable to remove any items of value and store them securely at home or at the very least property mark them with post codes and register them on the national property registration site


We would like to help people to help themselves and to protect their property and contents and would ask you to consider the following advice:

Sheds and Garages – Shut it, lock it, keep it

Sheds, outbuildings and garages packed with tools, machinery and other valuable equipment offer easy pickings to thieves. 

Take the right precautions to help prevent becoming a victim of crime and reduce the risk of having your property stolen.  Mark your property to improve your chances of getting it traced and returned to you if it is stolen.

Here’s how you can cut the risk of theft:

  • Use close shackle padlocks to secure sheds and install shed alarms and security lights
  • Always put tools and equipment away - items left outside could be stolen or used to help a thief break in
  • Disable lawn mowers and other large machinery when not in use and chain items together to a solid anchor point
  • Record details of your property (make, model, serial number and identifying marks) on the form overleaf and take photographs of items for easy identification
  • Register your valuables on the National Property Database
  • Security-mark your property using a UV pen or a forensic marking solution

The public also have a role to play by calling Humberside Police if they have information about people responsible for thefts or handling stolen goods. They should call 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Further crime prevention advice is available from your local police station or by calling 101 to speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.