Preston City Council’s Licensing team with the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) set up a new scheme aimed at preventing stolen goods being sold by second-hand shops
Launched on Monday (31st March) CheckMEND will allow shops to search a National Mobile Property Register and other sources when buying items to find out if they have been reported as lost or stolen.
If stolen, the Church Street: Police urge public to check accounts”Police are notified and will work to get the item back to its’ rightful owner. They will also take the appropriate measures against whoever has tried to sell on lost or stolen property.
Second-hand shops in Preston will also get regular alerts about items reported as lost or stolen from across the county from Police’s ‘In The Know’ messaging system.
Distinctive posters will be displayed in shop windows proclaiming them as a Safe Seller.
The CheckMEND scheme is already well established in other parts of the country with several arrests being made and numerous items of property being recovered and returned to their owners.
PCSO Stephen Connelly said; “The CheckMEND system has already been proved in other areas of the country, and really does help to ensure shops are not selling on stolen goods and putting money into the hands of criminals.
“Therefore, I would encourage Preston’s second-hand shops to sign up to the scheme, and our residents to vote with their feet and use the second-hand shops in Preston signed up to the Safe Seller scheme, so we can make Preston’s shops the most trusted in the area and ones which criminals cannot use to benefit from their illegal activities.”
Councillor Robert Boswell, Preston City Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Environment, said; “This new CheckMEND scheme is a great way for people to buy with confidence and be reassured that the products they are buying are legitimate and not stolen.
“We would ask all traders in Preston that sell second hand goods to sign up to the scheme so that both they and their customers do not become victims of crime by unwittingly selling on stolen goods.
“CheckMEND is successfully run in other parts of the country and we are pleased that people in Preston are now able to buy goods more safely as a result of the scheme.”
What do you think about the Safe Seller scheme? Do you think it will help track down stolen items?