Project makes goods too hot to handle.
POLICE in the Midlands could soon be using the "market reduction approach" to stolen goods.
A pilot scheme has already been started in the Medway
Medway is the name given to a conurbation and unitary authority in north Kent, England. towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester and Strood.
Dr Sutton Sutton, outer borough (1991 pop. 164,300) of Greater London, SE England. It is mainly residential, but plastics, chemicals, radio components, and paper goods are produced. The areas of Sutton were mentioned in the Domesday Book. is working with the force to implement the strategy with the aim of reducing burglaries and other thefts.
By making stolen goods "too hot to handle", they should reduce the motivation to steal.
The results of the Action Research Project will be used to help to form crime-reduction policy and, if successful, will be implemented by other forces.
The scale of theft is huge. In the West Midlands Police West Midlands Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the metropolitan county of West Midlands in England.
It is the second largest in the United Kingdom after London's Metropolitan Police . It covers an area with nearly 2. area in 1996-97, there were 85,934 burglaries and 138,765 thefts.
The total value of property stolen in Birmingham, the Black Country, Solihull and Coventry was pounds 231,940,610, of which pounds 70,196,514 was recovered.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "The report Handling Stolen Goods and Theft: A Market Reduction Approach identifies the areas where stolen good are bought and distributed and makes welcome recommendations as to tactics to prevent those outlets fro m providing a ready market for thieves List of Thieves. Famous
"Denying thieves and burglars the opportunity to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose stolen property will clearly discourage them from reoffending."