BBC greenlights daytime series “Thief Trackers”

Coproduced by Objective Productions and Crook Productions, the series will chronicle what happens to everyday items such as bicycles, laptops and handbags after they are stolen.
February 19, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC has ordered the daytime series Thief Trackers from Objective Productions and Crook Productions.

Due to air on flagship channel BBC1, the 10 x 30-minute program will recount what happens to everyday possessions such as bicycles, laptops and handbags after they are stolen.

The series will feature a combination of specially-filmed surveillance footage and interviews with police, surveillance teams and members of the public who have been victims of theft.

“We want to focus on the story of where stolen items go once they are stolen,” explained Crook Productions executive producer Matt Crook in a statement. “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.”

The show will also focus on larger-scale operations, such as auto theft rings. “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,” added Crook.

Objective Productions and Crook Productions previously teamed up on two BBC series: Dirty Tricks of the Tradesmen and Doorstep Crime 999.

Crook is exec producing with Objective’s Andrew Newman. Thief Trackers will premiere on BBC1 later this year.

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