Operation Lexford curbs vehicle crime at the Trafford centre
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It has been over 3 weeks since a vehicle has been reported as stolen from the Trafford Centre.
Officers in Trafford’s Neighbourhood Crime Team have been out in the community patrolling shopping car parks and giving out preventative advice to shoppers.
Three men were arrested last night (5 Feb 2023) by GMP’s Tactical Vehicle Interceptor Unit on suspicion of 2 vehicle crimes at the Trafford centre and 2 more vehicle thefts in Bolton.
Chief Inspector Shoheb Chowdhury of GMP’s Trafford District said: “It is imperative that we continue to tackle vehicle crime head on.
“As part of the operation, we provide an increased police presence at Trafford Centre and hold weekly police surgeries with focus on providing people with tailored crime prevention advice. We have dedicated officers that provide preventative advice which really helps us help you in keeping yourself and your belongings safe.
"The arrests last night show the dedicated approach that officers take to tackle vehicle crimes.
“We understand that cars are of great value to people and we understand that having a car stolen can have a huge impact both financially and emotionally.
“There are a number of ways to minimise the threat of a vehicle being taken when it is parked:
Double check that your car is locked when leaving it, don’t just rely on the fob as signals can be blocked, preventing vehicles locking.
Invest in a faraday bag – they are lined with metal material and could help block the key’s signal.
Don’t leave any valuables on display in your car, even loose change can attract attention.
Invest in a tracking device – it won’t stop the vehicle being stolen, but it can significantly increase the chances of police locating and returning a vehicle to the rightful owner.
Fitting a steering wheel lock can reduce opportunities for theft. They are a visual deterrent and can slow an offender down.
As always, stay vigilant and if you notice anything unusual or suspicious, please report it to the police via the LiveChat facility on gmp.police.uk or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”