Posted: 27/06/2013 at 16:02
Peat, I'm so sorry this is happening to you
I am so lucky - when I had an allotment it was in a very rural village where the young people helped their families out with their lotties and there would've been trouble had any of their mates done anything like that. Also in a village like that everyone knows everyone, or at least knows their aunty, and youngsters don't get away with doing very much that's out of order. Now I have my veg patch in my garden and the only thing the youngsters do is lob the occasional football over the fence.
The thing is, I'm jumping to conclusions here - a lovely old chap who used to clean our offices had a couple of allotments and helped a friend on his as well, and used to sell his surplus produce to raise money for the local children's hospice - one year, just as his wallflowers were almost ready to dig up and plant out (and sell to us in the office) one Friday night they all disappeared! He told the local police who were sympathetic - they said that they were pretty certain that the wallflower plants would be bunched up and sold at the local car boot sale that weekend - but unless you can identify your own wallflowers there's nothing they could do!
They told him to paint all the tools in his shed in distinctive colours and mark them with his postcode with one of those special marker pens and put a notice to that effect on the door of his allotment shed - they said that the majority of garden tools that are stolen turn up in car boot sales or on ebay
After that I never buy garden plants or tools from car boots.