Massive decrease in police catching people handling stolen goods
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