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600 melons stolen from greenhouses before harvest in Ibaraki Prefecture

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Police in Hokota, Ibaraki Prefecture, are investigating the theft of 600 unharvested melons (worth approximately 600,000 yen) which were stolen from three greenhouses earlier this month.

A 52-year-old man who owns the farm told police the melons were stolen sometime between 5:30 p.m. on April 4 and 7 a.m. on April 5, NHK reported.

The man grows melons in 30 greenhouses, and from three of these, the melons that were ready to be harvested were taken. The greenhouses were not locked, police said.

According to the prefecture, Hokota City has the largest shipment of melons in Japan. NHK reported that similar incidents are increasing every year around the shipping season, which starts in April. Police are urging fruit growers to take stronger crime prevention measures, such as installing security cameras and lights that turn on when sensors detect intruders.

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600 melons stolen from greenhouses before harvest in Ibaraki Prefecture

Where to store 600 melons anyway?

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Police are urging fruit growers to take stronger crime prevention measures, such as installing security cameras and lights that turn on when sensors detect intruders.

That, and as I have suggested before, Get a noisy dog!

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Insurance job.

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Exactly 600? Not 543 or 598?

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I remember seeing a yakuza type selling melons out of the back of a truck at the train station near my house in Tokyo a couple of years ago. No one seemed to care if they were stolen or not as the price was cheap even the koban across the road…I imagine it was something like this.

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600? That's greedy. Just two firm ones is enough for me.

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How do you steal 600 melons without anyone noticing?

They have to be harvested first and then packed. Takes time.

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Jind - How do you steal 600 melons without anyone noticing? They have to be harvested first and then packed. Takes time

Exactly! Hence my comment about insurance fraud.

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Just 2 melons would make me happy.

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How do you steal 600 melons without anyone noticing?

They have to be harvested first and then packed. Takes time.

A few thieves could do it in the 13hrs the melons were left without vigilance, and may not been needed elaborate packaging at that time.

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A gang of 4-6 could do that in a few hours overnight.

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So if you were an elderly farmer in a rural area, what would you do if half a dozen Yaks turn up in the middle of the night to lift your crop? Comply with their demands, accept your fate and claim on the insurance, or hide your elderly wife in your custom panic room and make like a Ninja, picking them off one by one until you had a pile of bodies for the police to collect next day? Because there are not many viable options in between, are there?

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Farmers don’t have insurance for crop theft.

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Because there are not many viable options in between, are there?

call the police and keep away from the danger?

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