A NEW poster is on display across Chesterfield as part of a new crackdown on criminals selling stolen goods.
The poster, which asks ‘How Much Are You Prepared To Pay?’ is being distributed across the town to raise awareness of the harm caused through the stolen goods market and to encourage people to report anyone they suspect of handling stolen property.
Officers are also speaking to people about the consequences of buying stolen property and acting as a ‘fence’ – slang for those who handle stolen property.
Detective Inspector Julian Wilson, who is leading the campaign, said: “In the eyes of the police a handler of stolen property is a guilty as the thief.
“Without an outlet for stolen goods then the thief has no means of disposing of their property and is less likely to steal in future.
“We rely on information from the public to help us target those handling stolen goods. If you suspect someone in your neighbourhood is handling stolen goods or if you have been offered items you believe have been stolen contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously.”