Selby residents urged "Don't buy into criminal profits"
3:48pm 13th April 2011
Selby police are warning residents not to help criminals profit from their crimes.
Officers have noticed a recent rise in reported burglaries from garages and sheds and are urging people not to help offenders by buying stolen property from them.
Most thieves steal to make a profit and buying their loot is helping them benefit from their crimes.
Without anywhere to dispose of their stolen goods it is very difficult for thieves to make crime pay.
Police have made several arrests but many stolen items, including laptops and fishing tackle have yet to be recovered.
A 45 year old local woman was arrested in Millgate, on Sunday 10th April 2011, on suspicion of handling goods after she bought a laptop for £10.
Inspector Richard Abbott, of Selby Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team, warned residents not too be fooled into buying goods that appear to be massively underpriced.
"If an offer looks too good to be true, then it usually is. The woman who bought a laptop for £10 was paying for something that was worth nearer £100. Nobody would sell their own computer for 10 times less than it is worth.
"The public must be on their guard - ignorance is not an excuse. If you buy something you feel may be stolen and it turns out that it is, you may have to pay the ultimate price, which is an interview with one of my officers prior to attending court."
Inspector Abbott also urged residents to make life difficult for thieves by ensuring that all outbuildings are properly secured and to pass on any information about offenders operating in their community.
"The public can help by taking the necessary steps to protect their property. Most thieves are opportunistic, so ensure that sheds and garages are secured at all times. The harder you make life for thieves the less likely they are to target you.
"I would also urge residents to contact the police or Crimestoppers if they have any information about individuals selling stolen goods or people committing thefts or burglaries in their community."
If you have any information relating to burglaries or stolen goods, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information on keeping your property safe visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/homesecurity
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