This message just in from Oxford and District Federation of Allotment Associations (ODFAA):
“Overnight on July 11th and 12th the Barton Allotments were targeted and several of the sheds have been broken into and numerous tools have been stolen. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity, vehicles and people to the police.
Please ensure that your sheds and gardens are secure and that you don’t leave tools in vehicles or on display overnight.
Any information call 101(non-emergency police) and quote crime reference 43170204779.
Remember if there is an incident even the smallest piece of information like a registration plate from a suspicious vehicle or a physical description of a person could prove to be invaluable.
Janette, the secretary at Barton Fields has talked with both Meadham and Stihl reps and reports that “they have said they have had many customers saying they have been broken into in the last couple of weeks and had machinery stolen. They and the police seem to think it is possibly an organised gang and that the machinery is being shipped abroad.””
We are still having issues with our gates being left unlocked, please ALWAYS lock them when you go in or out, even if you’re not going to be long.