Dorset Police To Swoop On Stolen Goods Dealers
8:41am 3rd July 2014
There's a warning out to people who're handling and selling stolen goods in Dorset.
The Police are targeting thieves and second hand shop owners in a new crackdown.
A large number of stolen items are sold-on to what Officers have called "unscrupulous" dealers who know they're committing a crime.
A Dorset shop owner was recently handed 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay a £60 surcharge for buying and selling stolen goods.
Acting Detective Sergeant Andy Haworth, of Dorset Police's Priority Crime Team, said:
"Dorset Police will proactively pursue any individual believed to be engaged in the handling of stolen goods."
Members of the public are being urged to carry out some simple crime prevention steps to track and mark their property.
Acting Detective Sergeant Haworth continued: "I would like to remind everyone to take a note of the serial numbers of key items in their home such as computers, tablets and mobile phones, and photograph sentimental and expensive jewellery.
"You can also download tracking apps for mobile phones and tablets to assist in the recovery of these items if they are stolen."
Anyone with information about businesses or individuals involved in burglary or other criminality should call Dorset Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.