Tackling serious acquisitive crime

Acquisitive crime, including burglary, robbery and theft harms our communities and can have a long-lasting impact on its victims. Some property can be worth hundreds or thousands of pounds and expensive to replace, but items such as jewellery can have a sentimental value you can never put a price on. That’s why, through our #WeDontBuyCrime campaign, Staffordshire Police is working to reduce and disrupt the market for stolen goods and help people to protect their homes, businesses and possessions by making them less attractive to would-be criminals.

This includes tackling thieves and continuing efforts to disrupt the cycle of theft and handling of stolen goods by supporting students, homeowners and businesses with crime prevention advice. We are also working with shops and second-hand goods retailers to help them adopt best-practice to deter criminal activity and avoid handling stolen goods. The stores will be displaying the ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ logo which will be increasing awareness and impact of the project.

We are also forming partnerships with local businesses and communities with a common goal of reducing crime. This includes working with a local business, SmartWater, to make use of the latest technologies to fight crime, by ensuring that property in homes is marked appropriately and that signage is displayed accordingly. By working with partners we are looking to property mark as many households as possible to create ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ towns and villages which has been seen to significantly reduce the risk of burglaries.

Alongside this our neighbourhood policing teams are tackling thieves and offenders handling stolen goods through intelligence-led operational activity, including targeting people who are wanted on warrant and those who are named as suspects. Anyone caught handling stolen goods can also face prosecution and a criminal record along with thieves themselves.

To help protect yourself from being a victim of crime, please read our crime prevention advice at www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention. We also encourage businesses and the community to report any concerns of people trying to sell stolen goods to Staffordshire police via our digital 101 service, by calling 101 or anonymously via crimestoppers.

You can also be kept up-to-date by joining Staffordshire Police’s community messaging service, Smart Alert which will keep you informed of crimes in your area. www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk