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Cheshire Constabulary is launching its annual operation to support delivery drivers and couriers over the festive period.
With Christmas now just weeks away and more people ordering online than ever before, officers will be visiting delivery depots across the county to provide reassurance and offer key crime prevention advice.
This year’s operation will launch on Wednesday 1 December and run into the New Year.
As part of the operation, plans have been put in place that will see both marked and unmarked police vehicles patrolling a number of key routes near to distribution centres across the county.
Detective Chief Inspector Clare Coleman, who is leading the operation, said: “More people are choosing to order presents online, meaning that there will be more delivery vehicles out on our streets than ever before.
“So far, here in Cheshire we have only seen a small number of incidents involving thefts from couriers and delivery vehicles and we are committed to doing all we can to keep it this way.
“As part of our work we’re also encouraging couriers to play their part by ensuring they take all the necessary steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.”
Delivery drivers are being urged to help play their part by following a number of simple steps to reduce the chances of falling foul of thieves.
The steps include –
DCI Coleman added: “Delivery drivers provided an invaluable role throughout the coronavirus pandemic, helping to deliver vital supplies to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, so it is only right that we all do what we can to protect them.
“As well as police, local residents also have a role to play by reporting any suspicious activity and always ensuing that somebody is at home when any parcels are delivered.
“By working together we can all help to reduce the chances of falling victim to these unscrupulous thieves, and help ensure everyone gets their deliveries they want this Christmas.”
Anyone looking to report any suspicious activity is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101 or online at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/tua/ .
In an emergency always dial 999.