The Safe Seller scheme follows early initiatives by London’s Metropolitan and West Midlands Police services, seeking to reduce crime and aid recovery of stolen and lost property through the exploitation of the NMPR, CheckMEND and other associated services in the Recipero Crime Reduction Ecosystem.
The Safe Seller scheme and other similar initiatives were initially launched in 2013 and have since expanded throughout the country forming part of many Police Force's campaigns to identify and reduce property theft and associated criminality.
The Safe Seller scheme provides a Code of Practice for businesses involved in the handling and processing of identifiable second-hand goods - this includes mobile phones, electronic devices, bicycles and the like that are offered for trade-in, recycling or re-sale.
The Code of Practice is intended to form the basis of standard operating procedures for participating businesses and traders that process or handle second-hand goods. It also provides guidance on what actions are necessary when a device is identified as not being in the possession of its rightful/lawful owner.
As part of the scheme and with the support of CheckMEND, participating businesses will be offered 25 CheckMEND checks free of charge subject to participation being confirmed via a Police Officer. Officers will also be providing participating businesses with a Safe Seller window sticker and poster providing a clear message to customers and that perform checks to ensure they only trade legitimate goods.
“The CheckMEND system really does help to ensure shops are not selling on stolen goods and putting money into the hands of criminals. The CheckMEND Safe Seller 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.” Detective Inspector Sharon Hancock of South Yorkshire Police
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To learn more about UK's Safe Seller Scheme for Businesses & Traders and how it can help reduce property crime and prevent criminals profiteering from the theft of stolen property please contact us.