During 2016 the KALGA Allotment site has suffered a couple of major break-ins and many of our members with a shed onsite experienced damage and/or theft. All incidents have been reported to the police but allotment sites unfortunately are vulnerable and KALGA is not the only site that has been affected within the area.
Local Crime prevention has visited the site and advice is primarily - do not leave valuable tools or machinery onsite.
A number of members have a fitted a shed alarm, these battery powered devices are available online or from DIY stores at an average price of £10 - £20 and can act as an deterrent. If you are interested and would like to see one in action, I am happy to give a demo of the one I have installed, or approach any of your fellow members that you know have one.
Alternatively, a number of members have taken the approach of leaving no valuables at all in their sheds and not locking them, this avoids unnecessary damage from break-ins. A suggestion would then also be to place a sign on the outside of the shed stating “No tools or Valuable are kept in this shed”.
Finally as mentioned in a previous Newsletter, if you have a more expensive item of machinery that you wish to leave on site, then by special arrangement and agreement to terms and conditions we will allow members to keep these within the Shipping Container.
If you wish to do this, please contact either:
Andy Bomyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Bradbrook, email@example.com