Uckfield police and allotment-holders are working together to get a town-wide Allotment Watch off the ground.
A launch in March is planned with a presentation planned for the annual meeting of the Uckfield and District Allotment and Cottage Gardeners’ Association on February 19.
Many allotments are relatively remote and the aim of the watch scheme is to tackle offences of burglary, criminal damage, graffiti and anti-social behaviour.
The scheme is being launched following a number of break-ins at sheds towards the end of last year when rotavators were a target.
PCSO Christine Cooley said: “The aim of the scheme is to introduce a stronger network to share crime prevention advice and information about incidents so that allotment holders are fully informed and can take steps to keep their sites safe.”
She said any incidents or suspicious sightings should be reported to the police by phoning 101.
PCSO Cooley will cover the Framfield Road, Bird-in-Eye and Ridgewood allotments. PCSO Tony Moore will cover the Bell Lane and West Park allotments.
Uckfield Police are working with Frank Phillips of the allotment association to get the scheme launched.
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