Security installed at Woodley allotments after shed raidsBy Jon Nurse
March 19, 2013
Security measures have been improved at an allotment site in the hope of deterring vandals after thieves raided sheds and stole machines and tools.
Thorn bushes have been planted and CCTV cameras could be installed at Woodley’s Reading Road allotments.
Lawn mowers, wheelbarrows and tools were taken from six sheds between 4pm on Saturday, February 23, and 8am on Sunday, February 24, after thieves used bolt cutters to break the shed locks.
Scott Golding, of the allotments’ tenants association, said: “They found a weak spot in part of the old fence and cut through to get into the site.
“It’s an ongoing task to keep the site secure and we are looking at getting CCTV on the current main gate.
“This winter we put 150 small thorn bushes around part of the perimeter. They’re an investment in the future as over the years they’ll grow to provide added security.”
Mr Golding added: “Since last year Woodley Town Council has been very helpful and we are working a lot closer now.”
Thieves raided more than 80 sheds in September 2011, using tenants’ wheelbarrows to carry out thousands of pounds worth of equipment.