Salem officials discuss ways to stop thefts at community garden
This past summer, there was a rash of vandalism and thefts at the farm that saw produce thieves taking advantage of the hard work of those who gardened the 24 plots at the community garden.
Blondin said she hopes the thefts don’t prevent gardeners from coming back next year.
One of the gardeners did contact the police department, and the police did state they would increase surveillance and patrols at the garden next year, said Blondin.
Police also suggested that the Conservation Commission purchase some trail cameras to record the vandals.
Blondin said the idea would likely be too expensive and that there might not be enough lighting at the garden to get a good identification from the videos.
In 2012, Blondin said she was at the garden three or four times per day and there wasn’t as large of an issue with theft.
Conservation Commission Chairman William Dumont applauded the efforts to get support from outside the commission.
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