A NEW police operation aims to quash the perception that second-hand dealers are an easy source of income for thieves.
Launched last week, Operation Assurance has officers working closely with pawnshops across Perth, completing tasks such as random stock audits to identify stolen property.
Acting Commander Brad Royce said the perception that it was easy for criminals to exchange stolen property for cash at used goods stores was false.
“Second-hand dealers work closely with WA Police in an effort to ensure the property that they trade in is legitimate,” he said.
“They do this for two very simple reasons. Firstly, if they don’t ensure the property they buy is legitimate, these businesses can become a secondary victim of the theft offence.
“Secondly, they may be breaking the laws governing their trade, which can attract significant penalties.”
He reminded residents to mark their property for police identification.