Saturday, May 18, 2024

Police operation to crack down on sale of stolen goods in Thurrock

A NEW operation to crack down on burglary by reducing the sale of stolen goods has been launched in Thurrock.

Operation Sledge aims to reduce break-ins in Southend, Rochford, Castle Point, Basildon and Thurrock by making it difficult for burglars to sell on stolen items.

Officers will be circulating information of recently stolen items to secondhand dealers and encouraging them to notify police should they be offered them for sale and making them aware of burglars known to be operating in the area.

Pc Lewis Kearney from Southend Pro-active CID said: "Operation Sledge aims to give secondhand dealers the information they need to make informed decisions about whether to buy property offered for sale as well as encouraging them to contact police.

"Burglary is a horrendous crime which causes huge trauma and upset for its victims. Making it more difficult for burglars to make a profit from their crimes sends out a clear message that their actions will not be tolerated and they will be brought to justice.”

As part of Operation Sledge, officers are appealing for members of the public to do their bit to help reduce burglary by reporting suspicious behaviour and making sure their homes are secure.

Pc Kearney said: "We’re asking residents to take steps to make it more difficult for burglars. Secure your garden, lock uPVC doors properly, shut and lock windows, don’t leave your car keys near to the front door, use timers on lights if you plan to be out once it gets dark and don’t tempt opportunist thieves by leaving high value items clearly on display.

"Please report suspicious behaviour to us. We have received reports of suspected burglars knocking on doors to see if residents are home. If someone answers they may ask for directions or a fictitious person before moving on to another home. If this happens to you, please report it to us.”

Taxi drivers are also being asked to report suspicious fares and residents are being encouraged to photograph valuables and list the serial numbers of valuable possessions. Keeping a list like this can help police return items to victims should they be stolen.

"Burglars like to sell on stolen goods quickly to reduce the risk of being caught in possession of them,” said Pc Kearney.

"As a result they’re more likely to operate in areas where they know they can easily exchange stolen items for cash. As well as targeting the burglars themselves we’ll be focussing on identifying, arresting and prosecuting the people knowingly creating the demand for stolen property.

"If you know of someone buying or selling stolen goods, please tell us or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Finally, if someone is offering something for sale at a price that seems too good to be true then it probably is. The items may well be stolen and at this time of year should probably have been under someone’s Christmas tree. If you suspect it, report it and we will take action.”

More home security advice can be found on the Essex Police website at

Advice about how to create a private and secure inventory of personal property can be found on the website at


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