A POLL by Greater Manchester Police reveals that one in 20 folk would buy stolen goods.
Over 2,000 people took part in the online survey to test public honesty if offered goods at a price that was too good to be true - as today’s bargain might be part of yesterday’s crime.
Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “It is important to remember that if that latest gadget was bought for a price that was too good to be true, then more than likely it has been stolen. Buying stolen goods not only undermines legitimate businesses in the area but fuels further crime, drug abuse and misery in the community. Everyone has a role to play in reducing crime by simply not buying the goods. Crushing the stolen goods market deprives a thief of his fortune and puts an end to theft.”
Respondents were asked four questions to test how far they would go to obtain the latest gadgets. One in six said that if offered something like the latest smartphone or hair straighteners at a price too good to be true, they would still buy them. The rationale given was “everything is so expensive these days, why would you turn down a great deal? As long as you’re getting a legit product.” Some gave “low wages” and the “cost of living” as a reason. But 84 per cent still would not have made the purchase.