Receiving stolen goods is a crime
The community safety campaign launches on 16 June with an important message about the criminal consequences of receiving stolen goods and reminding people to think about the victims of crime.
The campaign warns residents that buying stolen goods is a criminal offence, punishable by fine or even a prison sentence, and advises people of steps they can to take to protect their property from opportunistic theft.
The campaign has been developed to tackle the stolen goods market by decreasing demand and reducing opportunity for theft. By getting people to think about the consequences of buying stolen goods and to put themselves in the victim’s shoes it is hoped that they will be less likely to consider purchasing wares that may have been obtained by the seller through illegal means.
It also helps people to avoid becoming a victim themselves by offering practical advice about staying safe and helping people to report crime and seek further advice.
The message is being conveyed to residents via posters, radio adverts and animations with cartoon depictions of different scenarios involving stolen goods. Each image illustrates the circumstances of the crime and the potential penalties recipients could face.
All these materials are available below for download and use by schools, community groups or any agency that would like to help promote this important community safety message.
When a crime has been committed there is always a victim. In the case of stolen goods it is the company, shop or individual who has been targeted to provide supply of the goods in the first place.
One of the campaign adverts shows this side of the situation, encouraging people to think more about the true ‘cost’ of the items for sale on the cheap.
Tips to protect your property from thieves
When leaving the house:
- When you go out, always close and lock the external doors and windows – even if you are just going out for a short time.
- Don’t leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed, if possible leave them with a neighbour or nearby family member.
- Use timers for lights and radios if you need to be away from home overnight or when you are on holiday – these can create the impression that someone is in.
- Visible burglar alarms and carefully directed security lighting can put burglars off. But make sure that light doesn’t disturb your neighbours and that alarms turn off after 20 minutes.
- Window locks, especially on older windows, will help stop people getting in.
Securing your vehicle:
- Lock the doors and close the windows and the sun roof when you leave the car.
- Don’t leave anything on display – even a jacket can seem like an appealing target for a thief.
- Remove satellite navigation devices where possible, including the support cradle and suction pad. Remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard.
- Keep your keys out of sight, even in your house.
To report information about stolen goods, contact the police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is a confidential service that people can call anonymously.