Criminals and shop thieves will be getting a taste of ‘Bah Humbug’ from officers this Christmas as Operation Scrooge swings into action in Redcar and Cleveland.
Shoppers will see high-visibility patrols in key retail areas as part of a bid to deter shoplifters and pickpockets who are attracted to busy areas and people’s newly bought gifts.
And there will be an all-round festive cheer from police when they see criminals brought before the courts and potential victims protected.
Inspector Emily Harrison, from Redcar Coastal Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Criminals thrive on Christmas. They love that people are walking around with expensive gifts, that cars are filled with presents, and that people’s purses are filled with money and vouchers.
“My message to criminals this Christmas is think twice before you try and commit crime, because we will catch you.
“Redcar and Cleveland is a safe and great place to shop this Christmas and we hope that shoppers are encouraged by the extra visibility from police in the area.”