Think you’ve grabbed a bargain? Who grabbed it first…
Of course it is tempting to buy cheap goods, but the real cost of your bargain is a victim of crime – it could be you or a relative whose home is broken into, it could be your child’s bike stolen or your neighbour’s car window smashed for the ‘sat nav’ inside.
So the next time you’re browsing a boot fair, online auction site or offered cheap goods elsewhere, consider this. £20 for an MP3 player might seem like a great deal, and it is – but the person who it was stolen from paid a lot more.
Handling stolen goods is punishable by prison. The definition of this offence under section 22(1) of the Theft Act 1968 is:
“A person handles stolen goods if knowing or believing them to be stolen goods he dishonestly receives the goods, or dishonestly undertakes or assists in their retention, removal, disposal or realisation by or for the benefit of another person, or if he arranges to do so.”
• Receiving stolen goods
• Arranging to receive them
• Undertaking the keeping, removing, disposing of or realisation of stolen goods by or for the benefit of another person, or helping with any of those things
If you aren’t sure where the item you’re buying has come from, please don’t buy it.
Tell us where and when you saw these goods for sale by calling 101 or text information to 07786 200011.
At Bedfordshire Police our aim is "fighting crime, protecting the public."
We cover 477 square miles, serve a population of around 550,000 and employ in the region of 1,260 Police Officers, 950 police staff and 120 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). For more details about the force and the staysafe campaign, visit our website www.bedfordshire.police.uk
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