Handling stolen goods -  crime prevention advice

Think you’ve grabbed a bargain? Who grabbed it first…

Bedfordshire Police is committed to disrupting the market for stolen goods.


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. This includes:

  • Receiving stolen goods
  • Arranging to receive them
  • Agreeing to keep, remove, dispose of them 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.


Don't Make it easy...

By protecting yourself and your property, you can help disrupt the market for stolen goods.

Personal Safety:

  • Keep your mobile telephone and other valuables out of sight
  • The chances of your property being returned to you are far greater if they are registered with http://www.immobilise.com/ Register yours for free NOW. It only takes a couple of minutes

In Your Vehicle

  • Always remove equipment like sat-navs and the cradle from your vehicle
  • Never leave valuables on display in your vehicle

In Your Home

  • Use your lights – keep them on a timer. Make sure they are switched on early even if you leave them on whilst going shopping or on the school run. And remember; use the lights in a main room and not in the hall way so it looks like someone is home.
  • Keep your radio switch on and tuned in to a talk station so it sounds like someone is at home.
  • Make sure your doors are securely locked at all times. If you have UPVC door make sure they are double locked.
  • Lock all windows and fit restricters – thieves can wriggle through any gap larger than a human head.
  • Fit locks at the top and bottom of patio doors.
  • Visible alarms make burglars think twice – make sure you switch them on when you go out.
  • Never leave garages or sheds unlocked.
  • Check for weak spots and sagging fences on your boundary.
  • Stop a thief from getting into the back of the house where he can work unseen by fitting a strong, high gate across a side passage.
  • Be alert to strangers loitering in the street.  If you don’t recognise them or they are acting suspiciously, call the police on 101.