Mas­sive de­crease in po­lice catch­ing people han­dling stolen goods

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

PO­LICE in Le­ices­ter­shire are catch­ing fewer people han­dling stolen goods, with num­bers plung­ing by more than 70 per cent in five years.

Anal­y­sis of po­lice recorded crimes re­veals that in 2017/18 Le­ices­ter­shire po­lice force caught some­one who was han­dling stolen goods just 31 times.

This was a de­crease of 74 per cent com­pared to the 119 times recorded in 2012/13 and the small­est num­ber recorded at least since then.

An of­fence of han­dling stolen goods is com­mit­ted when a per­son has re­ceived items that they know or be­lieve to have been stolen.

The Theft Act de­fines the term “goods” as in­clud­ing money and all form of prop­erty, with the ex­clu­sion of land.

Pu­n­ish­ment ranges from a large fine through to po­ten­tial im­pris­on­ment of up to 14 years. How­ever, if the goods have been re­turned to the owner or to po­lice cus­tody, they can no longer be con­sid­ered as be­ing stolen.

Le­ices­ter­shire the na­tional trend.

Across Eng­land and Wales, in 2017/18, po­lice forces recorded 3,752 crimes in­volv­ing people han­dling stolen goods.

This was a de­crease of 54 per cent com­pared to 2012/13 when po­lice forces recorded 8,134 such crimes.

It was also the small­est num­ber over the same pe­riod. fol­lows

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