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Ramsgate: Initiative to help stop theft of allotment tools has been launched

By Katie Davis

A new initiative to help deter thieves from stealing gardening tools has been introduced in Ramsgate.
 
Working in partnership with Ramsgate Town Council, Police Community Support Officers from Thanet Community Safety Unit have been security marking the tools with distinctive unique codes.
 
Each allotment in Ramsgate has a different designated paint colour for the gardeners to mark their tools and all codes are prominently placed on the equipment.

PCSO John Litchfield marking a wheelbarrow. Pic Kent Police

PCSO John Litchfield marking a wheelbarrow. Pic: Kent Police

It is hoped the ongoing initiative will help to deter thieves by making it harder for the stolen items to be sold on at places like boot fairs.
 
When stolen items are recovered, the markings will also be easier to identify where to return them.

Ramsgate PCSO John Litchfield said: "Theft from allotments is rare but with such a scheme we are hoping it will deter even more and enable us to return stolen items to their rightful owners." 

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