because of the low lives nearby ...
Since September 2007 when things started being stolen from our and other fellow holders plots, we decided to put a lock on our plot gates, but the one we had on Plot 11 had become weather damaged and we have not had the opportunity to replace it. Over the weekend, we noticed that someone had trespassed on plot 11 (above), there is nothing to steal there now, only fruit and vegetables when they grow.
Mind you the lock on the gates hasn’t really stopped the trespassers, they’ve managed to jump over the fence, or even break the locks as I have experienced more than once. Everyone here who has had something stolen know who the culprit is: a jack the lad and his family who live nearby. The family have a plot on the site which is treated as an extension of their house. He comes into the site with friends and family either early hours of the morning or late in the evening, when noone is around. Not to toil or tend to the land, but to 'feast their greedy eyes' on other peoples plots. How do I know, I have witnessed aspects of this unsavoury behaviour, not just from the individual concerned, but by the committee members too. Hence the reason why the committee is not interested in addressing this 'real issue'. They are more interested in victimising those that do not agree with them; or stealing from the dead, literally.
One way to catch the thieves in action is to put up CCTV cameras, but that is not going to happen in a million years, so this chapter will continue for years on end.
I have just read fellow Drooling Vegetable blog who has had all his ripe gooseberries 'taken'. It's a shame what some allotment sites have become. It's times like these when I wish my allotment was in my backyard.
You don’t just worry about trespassers from outside, it the ones on the inside that you have to worry about, as they cause the most damage: emotionally.