KEY routes near to distribution centres in Warrington will see increased patrols from marked and unmarked police during the festive period.

Cheshire Police is launching its annual operation to support delivery drivers and couriers over Christmas.

With December only a week away, and more people ordering online than ever before, officers will be visiting delivery depots to provide reassurance and offer key crime prevention advice.

This year’s operation will launch on Wednesday, December 1, and run into the New Year.

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 are 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.

If you spot a suspicious vehicle following you, do not exit the vehicle, keep doors locked, keep moving and call the police.

Be aware of your surroundings and avoid areas that are not well lit. Park under a streetlight if possible and carry a torch to illuminate dark areas and walkways.

Always lock your vehicle, even if you are only leaving it for a short period of time, and make sure that no valuables are left on display.

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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 call Cheshire Police on 101 or visit

In an emergency, always dial 999.