GMP are appealing to the public for further information after a number of parcels were stolen from a residential building in Green Quarter
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At around 7:40pm on Monday 5 December 2022, officers received a report of a number of parcels being stolen from an apartment complex in the Green Quarter in Manchester City Centre.
GMP are appealing to the public with any information that could help us identify this man pictured below.
Officers believe the man in the pictures may be able to assist with our enquiries.
If you have seen this man, live or work around the area or were in the vicinity at the time and have CCTV footage or information, get in touch.
You can report any information to GMP by calling 0161 856 1197, 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report via our reporting method on our website www.gmp.police.uk
Alternatively, you can report information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Superintendent Paul Walker of City of Manchester’s District said: “With Christmas fast approaching, it is likely that many of us will be ordering goods online and having them delivered to our homes.
“With this in mind, Greater Manchester Police would like to encourage everyone to take appropriate action when ordering items online, ensuring they are protected to prevent parcel theft.
“The issue is particularly prevalent in communal entrances within apartment blocks. It is important to be vigilant and challenge people who want access to the building.
“We are currently investigating the parcel thefts from the Green Quarter and our neighbourhood officers are actively encouraging all residents in the area and across the district to be vigilant when ordering online to communal areas and leaving valuables unattended.
“Our officers are working with partners at apartment complexes and their security staff as well as distributing crime prevention materials such as leaflets and posters to educate the public and delivery drivers of the risk they pose when leaving valuables and parcels unattended.
“The impact of this crime is not to be underestimated, especially at this time of year with many parcels being delivered are Christmas gifts for family, friends and loved ones.”
Below is some practical advice to help reduce the risk of theft of parcels which have been left on your doorstep or in a communal area:
If you have ordered something of high value or if you want to ensure that your items aren’t left unattended, you can request a signature be given on delivery.
Try to book a delivery slot at a time when you know someone will be at home.
Track your parcel to ensure someone will be at home for the delivery.
Consider installing a video doorbell; this can be connected to your mobile, so you are notified immediately of any delivery.
Arrange for your parcel to be delivered to a trusted neighbour, family member or friend who will be at home.
If you live in a flat/apartment or student halls, be aware of who you are letting in the gate and building when entering your accommodation. Thieves can often tailgate residents into buildings to gain access and carry out thefts.
If you live in a flat/apartment or student halls, is there a concierge who could accept the parcel for you?
Use an off-site locker service for frequent deliveries, or for expensive items; these parcel boxes are more likely to be in busy, safer locations - such as supermarkets - rather than secluded areas which could be targeted by thieves.
If you have ordered a delivery which has not arrived first contact the delivery company. If you think a parcel has been stolen or notice anyone acting suspicious, you can make a report online at www.gmp.police.uk or by calling 101. Always dial 999 if it’s an emergency.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.