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Second hand shops encouraged to sign up to We Don't Buy Crime

Second hand shops across the region are being encouraged to sign up to We Don't Buy Crime and help crackdown on thieves.

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We Don't Buy Crime is West Mercia Police's response to acquisitive crime, which includes burglary and thefts, utilising both covert and overt tactics to not just catch thieves but stop them from stealing in the first instance.

As part of the work carried out police are working with second-hand shops across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire to help prevent the sale of stolen goods.

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The initiative helps retailers identify whether an item they are offered for sale has been stolen and sees them provided with a UV torch that will highlight whether the item has been marked with a property marking product, such as SmartWater. If the property has been marked and registered police will be able to establish who it belongs to. If the details don't match those of the person offering it for sale, there is a possibility it is stolen property.

Earlier today (Thursday 6 June) detectives from Telford's Proactive CID team and officers from the local safer neighbourhood team, along with We Don't Buy Crime, special constables and police support volunteers visited second hand retailers in Wellington to talk to them about the scheme and show them how they can spot whether items are stolen.

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Information about stolen goods will also be shared with retailers signed up to the scheme.

Telford Safer Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector Graham Preece said: "Burglary has a huge impact on our local residents, not just those who are victims but to their neighbours too, and it's really important we do all we can to help prevent them. However, when they do take place we need to make sure we're doing everything we can to support those who have been affected and where expensive or sentimental items have been stolen try and find them so we can return them. By working with second hand shops we're not just able to try and locate stolen property but we're targeting those involved and taking the value out of acquisitive crime. It also enables us to reinforce our commitment to supporting local businesses and helping prevent them from falling victim to criminals.

Sergeant Ram Aston the team leader for We Don't Buy Crime.

He said: "We want to send a clear warning to not just thieves but those who are handling stolen goods that we are proactively targeting them and looking at ways to take the value out of acquisitive crime. This is not just about targeting those responsible for taking them in the first place but it is also about targeting those involved in the handling of stolen goods."

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, who has allocated funding to the We Don't Buy Crime initiative, said: "The work being carried out by the We Don't Buy Crime team is invaluable. I am pleased that second hand shops, that can often be targeted by thieves as a way to pass on their stolen goods, will benefit from signing up to this initiative. By working closely with these businesses, and giving them the tools and support they need to identify stolen items, we are able to start closing in on these criminals by preventing them from passing anything on for profit."

To find out more about We Don't Buy Crime visit


ISSUED: 4pm 060619 EH

Published 06/06/19