Police work with Hartlepool allotment holders to help protect against crime
Police offered crime prevention advice to about 100 allotment holders at a Hartlepool site during a multi-agency operation.
Officers spent a day at Burn Valley allotments when they spoke to tenants about how to help keep their gardens safe from criminals.
Using a special machine, they security marked over 50 items from hand tools to industrial sized rotavators, wood chippers and generators.
Police also distributed more than 50 security packs so tenants can protect their buildings and property.
The day of action was part of Operation Hinkley, a force wide initiative which aims to increase engagement with allotment sites and plot holders.
It was co-ordinated by Hartlepool Community Safety Partnership, which includes Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Fire Brigade and Cleveland Police.
Hartlepool PCSO Mark Say said it was great to build up links with plot holders while providing practical advice and support.
He added: “We will definitely run further days of action at Burn Valley and look forward to working with them again.”