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Allotment Crime Prevention Guide

The Crime and Disorder Partnership are committed to reducing crime in the Borough of Tameside and that includes reducing any crime committed on the Borough’s allotments. By working together we can reduce any incidents that affect you and the other allotment users and you can assist us by following the advice contained in this “crime prevention guide”.

Perimeter Protection

  • Fencing should be in good condition, open railed/welded mesh 2m high with no gaps
  • Consider planting thorny shrubs inside fence at low level to deter climbing. They contribute to biodiversity (birds) but remember they may shade nearby planting
  • Gates should be securely locked out of hours and have anti-climb features
  • Shrubs/trees adjacent to fencing/gates should not provide climbing aids
  • Vehicle access should be controlled to prevent fly-tipping (collapsible bollards)


Good levels of lighting are advised especially if allotments have a level of surveillance from members of the public i.e. walkways, adjacent properties and main roads (if electricity supply is available).


  • If shed alarms are in use, consider nuisance value to adjacent properties and have recognised procedures in place in the event that the alarms are activated.
  • If secluded, consider GPS alarms or similar.


  • Weatherproof signs, which are clearly visible to users and passers-by, which display ‘rules’, opening hours, contact details of allotment provider and how to report crimes/ASB.


  • Any installed cameras?
  • Are they monitored/recordable?
  • Signage in place to warn/deter?

Maintenance (tenancy agreements)

  • Is adequate information provided on what is expected of allotment holders regarding their responsibilities?
  • Are tenancies regularly reviewed regarding maintaining shed security and upkeep etc?
  • What enforcement actions are available to the Allotment Committee? Consider using them.


  • Are they sited within view of passers by/vehicles/occupied properties?
  • Are the doors/frames/walls in good condition?
  • Hinges protected, pad bars (hasp & staple) secured with threaded coach bolts and back plates or large back washers
  • Close shackled or shrouded padlocks used?
  • Are (opening) windows secured with locks – if not, consider boarding over?
  • Line floor and walls with plywood sheeting to make stronger and more resistant to attack
  • Fix chains/anchor points to walls/floor to secure heavy/valuable items and tools. If no heavy items are available to chain tools to, fill a bucket with concrete and embed masonry chain
  • Visibly paint/mark property with postcode or other identifying marks. Note serial numbers and record/register on
  • Consider setting up an ‘asset register’ for the whole allotment scheme with a designated ‘recorder’ responsible for maintaining the record and registering valuables
  • Consider investing in one large secure metal alarmed container for the storage of valuable items for all allotments
  • Consider holding regular property marking days involving the Local Police and other agencies
  • Try to avoid leaving expensive electrical items and tools in your shed;
  • Where possible use tamper proof screws on locks and hinges or drill out heads of screws once fixed in place

Allotment Shops

  • Need to consider property marking of stock (rubber stamping)
  • Carry out regular stock takes
  • Cash should never be left on the premises
  • Display that the till or money drawer is empty
  • Consider security of the fabric of building including the roof of the shop as a possible entry point
  • Consider introducing an “allotment watch” - further advice can be obtained from your Local Crime Reduction Adviser in your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Recycling Bins/Composters/large containers

Sited away from fence lines to reduce ability to use as a climbing aid over fences and hedges.

Social Inclusion

Most young people do not commit acts of vandalism and/or other crimes but are often assumed to be responsible for the problems on the allotments. Ensuring that young people are involved in a positive and focused way can encourage an increased sense of ownership and value of the facilities and this will hopefully help to reduce problems as well as removing the misconceptions about the majority of young people.

Better still, if they actually have a plot themselves they will discourage their peers from causing trouble. Events such as open days, offering tours and donations of surplus plants and products will assist as well.

Reporting Incidents

All incidents however small should be reported so that the agencies involved in Crime and Disorder Reduction are aware of the full scale of any problems being experienced on the allotments in Tameside. Further advice can be obtained from your Local Crime Reduction Adviser.

Dial 999 - In an emergency

It’s an emergency if a crime is being committed or has just been witnessed, there is a risk of injury, or a risk of serious damage to property.

To report a non-emergency incident or make a general enquiry call 0161 872 5050.

For further Crime Prevention advice or if you wish to speak to your Neighbourhood Policing Team please ring:

Droylsden, Denton & Audenshaw:

  • 0161 856 9397
  • 0161 856 9389
  • 0161 856 9390
  • 0161 856 9393

Crime Reduction Adviser : 0161 856 9395

Hyde & Longdendale:

  • 0161 856 9484
  • 0161 856 9483

Crime Reduction Adviser : 0161 856 9371

Stalybridge & Mossley:

  • 0161 856 9511
  • 0161 856 9525

Crime Reduction Adviser : 0161 856 9371


  • 0161 856 9350
  • 0161 856 9497
  • 0161 856 9498
  • 0161 856 9497

Crime Reduction Adviser : 0161 856 9372

Information can also be obtained from your Local Patroller Service on 0161 342 3010.

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