20/05/2016

Police Cadets and Neighbourhood Officers to Hand Out Free Padlock Alarms to Allotment Holders

Officers and Cadets will be offering valuable support in handing out padlock alarms and crime prevention leaflets on Sunday 22nd May, to reduce crime at allotments across Billingham and Stockton.

Stockton and Billingham have seen twelve offences of burglary committed in allotments since January this year.

Temporary Inspector Chris Stoddart from Thornaby Neighbourhood Policing Team, who is leading the operation, said: “Theft, burglary and criminal damage are continuing problems at allotments and our assistance in handing out free padlocks and alarms gives officers and cadets the opportunity to improve awareness amongst allotment holders of the vulnerabilities the allotment sites have.”

The operation begins at 10:30am on Sunday and allows officers and cadets to engage with two allotment sites.

The allotment sites will be Oxbridge Lane Allotments in Stockton and Cowpen Lane Allotments in Billingham.

Police Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, will attend to assist the operation.

Mr Coppinger said: “I’ve been involved in Operation Scarecrow many times and it is always a very successful for all concerned.

“This operation is a fantastic way for Cleveland Police Cadets and neighbourhood officers to get involved with the local community and it highlights what a valuable contribution these youngsters can make whilst working alongside local police teams to tackle crime and promote crime prevention.

“I am always pleased to get involved and to support these operations wherever possible.”