Police officers dug in to help allotment holders with crime prevention advice.

Hatfield officers made a change from their usual 'beat route' to visit local allotments on Saturday, August 12.

The Green Lanes allotment community invited along PCSO Anne Devine and PC Darren Turner for tool-marking – a great way of weeding out opportunities for thieves.

There was a high turnout as the allotment holders were coming together to watch an award be presented by Hatfield Town Council Mayor Gareth Aicken for best plot.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Police at the Green Lanes allotments in Hatfield Garden Village.Police at the Green Lanes allotments in Hatfield Garden Village. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)




The officers made the most of the event to grow the numbers of allotment holders signed up to the police messaging service OWL, which keeps residents up-to-date with local policing news and witness appeals.

They also gave out crime prevention advice to keep sheds safe, and children enjoyed sitting in the police vehicles.

PCSO Anne Devine said: “This was a great day for all involved – especially the winner of best plot!

“We security marked a number of tools and even a bike whilst we were there, too.

"We really recommend security marking your possessions as it deters thieves and makes it easier to be reunited with your goods if they are ever stolen or lost."

PCSO Devine added: “It was also great to sign people up to OWL. They will be joining the 179,000+ residents already enjoying regular updates from their local policing team.

“We would like to thank the Green Lanes allotment community for inviting us along and making us feel so welcome.”

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Sitting in a police vehicle at the Green Lanes allotments in Hatfield Garden Village.Sitting in a police vehicle at the Green Lanes allotments in Hatfield Garden Village. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)


To receive police messages about a range of topics including burglaries, scams and missing people in your local area, sign up to owl.co.uk/herts or download the ‘OWL crime alerts’ app from your app store.

You can also use the police's community voice platform ‘echo’ to let them know what you think they should be prioritising in your area.

Your feedback will help towards shaping local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns.

Visit the following and tell police your thoughts.

  • Welwyn Hatfield North – bit.ly/police-whnorth (Welwyn West, Welwyn East, Haldens, Sherrards, Handside, Peartree and Panshanger).
  • Welwyn Hatfield South – bit.ly/police-whsouth (Hollybush, Cuffley, Howlands, Northaw, Hatfield East, Hatfield South, Welham Green, Brookmans Park and Little Heath).
  • Welwyn Hatfield West – bit.ly/police-whwest (Hatfield Villages, Hatfield Central, Hatfield South West and the University of Hertfordshire).



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