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Buying or selling stolen goods

We know it is tempting to buy cheap goods but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Most thieves steal items and trade them to make money. When usually expensive items are being sold for a much reduced price at a car boot, online auction site or elsewhere, it is likely to be stolen property.

You may be attracted by the low prices of such items but we urge you to think about the victim who has had their belongings stolen. Somewhere, someone has been a victim of robbery, burglary or theft which is likely to have caused distress and fear.

An effective way of tackling this type is crime is by disrupting the stolen goods market by making it harder for a thief to sell. 

If criminals have nowhere to sell and less people buy their stolen property, their life will be made a lot harder and they may even be put off attempting to sell such goods. In return, this means less people will fall victim to this type of criminal activity.

If you suspect someone is selling stolen goods, please report this to us online or call us on 101.

For advice on what to do if you think you've bought stolen goods, visit the Citizens Advice website.

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