Purchasing Stolen Goods Motivate Criminals to Repeat Their Actions

Vision Tactical – 

Private Security company Vision Tactical have issued a stern warning to the public to refrain from buying stolen goods on the illegal market.

This comes after a dramatic increase in jewelry heists, theft and robbery incidents across the country, especially in Johannesburg.

Director Yaseen Theba has made an appeal, urging the public NOT to buy stolen goods and says this will ultimately lead to the shut-down of the illegal market.

“Purchasing goods obtained in this illegal manner motivates criminals to repeat their actions, it is a crime and is punishable by law to be in possession of stolen goods. The public should reject and report any goods which are suspected to be stolen to the police.”

Vision Tactical understands that there are a number of “fence’s” in place, also known as a receiver or moving man, this is an individual who knowingly buys stolen goods in order to later resell them for profit.

“The fence acts as a middleman between thieves and the eventual buyers of stolen goods who may not be aware that the goods are stolen.”

Theba has urged the community to break the chain of crime and invest in a safer South Africa.

Investigations in to the various incidents which have taken place recently have revealed that armed assailants/suspects are targeting individuals wearing luxury items and carrying valuables with them, people are urged not to wear any expensive jewelry or luxury watches when leaving their homes to go out.

TIPS To Avoid The Purchase Of Stolen Goods:

  • Avoid buying goods you know are stolen. If someone tells you that the goods are stolen, then you cannot purchase them. If you do, then you could be charged with receipt of stolen property, which is a crime.
  • Also refuse to store goods if you know they are stolen.
  • Refuse to buy anything that looks suspicious. More likely no one will tell you that the goods are stolen. However, either the goods or the sale might be suspicious. In this situation, you need to avoid buying the goods. Willful blindness won’t protect you.
  • Be suspicious of goods sold very cheaply.
  • Check if the goods have a name on them. If so, check that the name matches the seller’s name. When the name doesn’t match, then you should suspect the goods were stolen.
  • Know you are protected if you bought innocently. The law requires that you “knowingly” buy stolen goods with an intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. If you did not know that they were stolen, then you did not break the law.

For more information, contact:

Vision Tactical Communications: 074 772 33 33

Email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

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