Police crackdown on crooks using taxis

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Taxis in Sheffield have been stopped by police officers in a crackdown on crooks who hire cabs to travel around the city with their ill-gotten gains.

Officers and licensing officers from Sheffield Council stopped taxis on patrols of city streets looking for vehicles transporting stolen goods.

They also visited second hand shops looking for stolen items which may have been sold on.

South Yorkshire Police said half of the 30 taxi drivers spoken to during the operation on Monday and Tuesday said they had been approached by people trying to sell stolen goods, mainly sat navs and mobile phones, in Sheffield city centre.

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest said: “People work hard for their property and criminals should never be permitted to benefit from selling on stolen goods.

“The majority of taxi drivers and shop owners spoken to this week were extremely supportive of our efforts, and we’ll continue to target thieves in all aspects of their activity.

“Our message is simple – don’t buy anything you suspect is stolen. If it’s too good to be true then it probably is. Together we can reduce opportunities and really frustrate thieves.”

Police in Sheffield are urging motorists not to leave valuables on display in their vehicles after a spate of break-ins in the Hunters Bar area and in rural car parks at Ringinglow Road and the Rivelin Valley.

Inspector Darren Starkey said: “People are leaving items on show which is proving a temptation for offenders.”