Police Scotland is launching a campaign to deter the public from buying potentially stolen goods, which fund serious and organised crime.

With the festive period now underway, people across the country will begin their Christmas shopping, with many on the hunt for a bargain.

However, officers are warning shoppers not to spend their money on any items that have been stolen from a home or a business.
Over the past few years, tackling housebreaking throughout Scotland has been a policing priority and many areas have seen a significant reduction in crimes of this nature.

Where items are stolen as a result of housebreaking, theft or robbery, and not recovered, many end up being sold on to the public – often at a cheaper price than you would find in a high street store, or online.

Selling on, or taking possession of stolen goods is known as resetting and police want to highlight to shoppers that buying stolen property is unacceptable as it helps fund further criminal activity.

In the coming weeks, officers will be liaising with second-hand retailers in all major towns and cities to identify any items that may have been obtained as a result of an acquisitive crime offence and to improve the information-sharing protocol between these businesses and Police Scotland.

Visits will also be paid to markets and stalls in various regions to ensure all goods being sold have been lawfully procured for sale.

The public have a vital role to play in helping stop reset crimes, by questioning the origin of anything they are considering buying and refusing to purchase the items if there is any doubt.

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