GMP puts the brakes on vehicle thefts at the Trafford Centre
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The launch of a new operation to tackle vehicle thefts in Trafford has seen a significant decrease in the number of cars stolen from shopping centre car parks.
This morning a juvenile was arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle.
Chief Inspector Shoheb Chowdhury of GMP’s Trafford District, said: “So far we have recovered 5 vehicles, 2 Ford Fiesta and 3 Range Rovers, and arrested 12 individuals.
“It has been 14 days since a vehicle has been reported as stolen from the Trafford Centre and we will continue this momentum by ensuring that we have officers out patrolling the car parks and giving out prevention advice at our crime prevention stalls inside the Trafford Centre.
Operation Lexford officers at the Trafford Centre
“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.”