A SUSPECTED would-be thief was arrested after reports of car doors being tried.

Police say they have received increased reports of vehicle crime in the area recently. They say offenders have used a variety of tactics to try to enter vehicles, ranging from using devices to targeting vehicles with keyless entry, to simply trying their luck in case a car has been left unlocked.

On Wednesday night last week, October 6, while emergency response teams were on patrol, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference on Spinnerette Close, Leigh.

This was after officers received a report of someone trying door handles in the area.

Greater Manchester Police said: "Please continue to report incidents via 101, livechat or online reporting at https://crowd.in/7McnB5 or in an emergency dial 999.

"We know it can be difficult getting through on 101, and there can be delays getting to you, but all of the information helps us see where offences are occurring so we can try and target the right areas.

"Please check that your vehicles, house and any outbuildings are secure overnight. Remove valuables from vehicles whenever you can. Try and keep vehicle keys as far away from the front door as possible, and consider using a Faraday bag/box for keyless vehicles which may prevent offenders using the relay method to unlock your car.

"If you have one of the 'old school' steering wheel locks, all the better.

"If you have any information on who is committing crime you can also report it completely anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."