Allotment holders believe professional thieves are behind a spate of thefts on the Isle of Wight.
Over the weekend, allotments on the Pan Estate were targeted, with at least two sheds broken into and produce grown by others such as carrots and runner beans being stolen.
Two other allotment holders have also suffered thieves in recent days and weeks of Vegetables that they have grown and tools from a shed.
One upset owner a Pensioner who asked not to be named said the that the thefts may be organised thieves who are responsible for the attacks, due to the sophisticated nature of the thefts. “I have reported the incident to the police and would encourage other victims to do the same they stole my tools by taking the door off its hinges.
I understand there have been similar incidents at and urge allotment holders not to leave anything valuable around for thieves to take.
The other victim Duncan Knifton who father was among the other victims said: “This isn’t the first time this has happened and it is very frustrating. he spends a lot of time growing things not just for people to come along an nick them.
They nicked the carrots but replaced the tops, so it looked like the crop was still there.
Police say they are going to increased patrols and are planning to have dropped leafleted neighbouring houses to raise awareness.
Local neighbourhood officer for the area from Hampshire Constabulary said “People take pride and pleasure in getting their allotments right, to go there and relax.
“We advise people not to leave things there if they don’t have to and to use door alarms and other crime prevention methods.
“I will be speaking to the neighbourhood teams, and we will raise visibility round there to try and deter them.”
An Isle of Wight Council spokesman said: “We advise allotment holders to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.
“Any other precautions are simply common sense, such as making sure tools and anything valuable are either taken off-site or locked away out of sight.
“Any incidents should be reported to the police, and the council if they are on council-owned sites.”