BBC One is to delve into the issue of stolen goods with a new series for daytime, taking a look at what becomes of everyday possessions such as mobile phones and handbags after they are relieved from their owners.
Thief Trackers endeavours to highlight the risk of purchasing goods at a cheap price which may transpire to be stolen. The ten part series will utilise specially-filmed surveillance, interviews with police and surveillance teams, and chats with members of the public who have been affected by theft.
“We want to focus on the story of where stolen items go once they are stolen. The aim is to help viewers, asking them to think carefully before making online purchases – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” – Matt Crook of Crook Productions, who will co-produce with Objective Productions
Jo Street, Acting Controller, BBC Daytime said: “Thief Trackers is a dynamic idea which offers our audience a different perspective on the world of crime. It has an innovative way of tackling a familiar subject and it’s this fresh thinking which sets BBC Daytime apart.”
Crook added: “Along with the everyday items, we’ll also be looking at some fascinating bigger scale thefts. For instance, there is a major trend in cars being stolen to order, ready to be smuggled across the world or broken up for spare parts. There’s also a huge demand for our agricultural equipment on the continent – and we’ll meet officers who’ve stopped it being exported illegally.”