Wiltshire

Night vision goggles credited with allotment crime drop

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Media captionThe area had been blighted by thefts from allotments

The introduction of night vision goggles is being credited with cutting allotment crime in part of Swindon.

Stratton St Margaret Parish Council paid for the goggles for the neighbourhood policing team after a spate of shed break-ins.

Allotment owners had also reported crops being destroyed or stolen.

Parish council clerk Paul Russell said there had been no complaints about such crimes since the goggles were introduced in March.

Image caption The set of night vision goggles cost about £300

Police community support officers have been using the goggles to monitor gardens and allotments at night.

Mr Russell said the sole set of night vision goggles, which cost about £300, was funded through the council's community grant and had been "worth the money".

He said: "We have not had any complaints about shed break-ins or crop thefts since we got them, so it's been very, very positive.

"From what we can make out, it's been a success."

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