Pawn per­cep­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

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