Stolen Goods and Second Hand Dealers

Request 101000255683

1)  What is the nature of the records of goods the authority requires second hand dealers to keep?

2)  The number of referrals to the police from the local authority regarding  traders buying or selling stolen second hand goods in each of the last 5 years up to 2013-14

3)  The number of  prosecutions of traders for buying or selling stolen second hand goods in in each of the last 5 years up to 2013-14

4)  The quantity and value of stolen goods recovered from second hand dealers in each of the last 5 years up to 2013-14.

Response 10-06-2014

1. Para 2 of our conditions states:
‘The Licenceholder shall enter and thereafter retain for a period of not less than three years records of the particulars of each second-hand dealing transaction in his business (whether purchase or sale) involving a consideration of one hundred pounds (£100) or over. As the purpose of this legislation is crime prevention and the protection of the general public, the details to be kept by the Licenceholder shall be such so as to enable the police to effect appropriate investigations in tracing stolen articles, etc. In that connection the Licenceholder should specify in the record a distinctive description of each article purchased or received by him, the name and address of seller or the person from whom he received the goods with relevant dates and the price paid or agreed to be paid for such articles.’

2. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  We are not aware of any referrals.

3. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

4. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  

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