The BBC News website has reported that the economic downturn may tempt people to risk buying stolen goods.
Gwent Police said it had noticed a rise in thefts from cars in the run-up to Christmas and was concerned people may be led into making dodgy purchases.
The force is urging people to register valuables on a website so items stolen could be returned to them more easily.
It is also targeting car criminals with more patrols, “capture cars” and number plate recognition camera equipment.
Community Safety Inspector Terry Davies said:
We are concerned that the credit crunch may be leading more people to risk buying dodgy goods which could have been stolen, to save money.
Our guess is that with the type of stuff being stolen, there may be more people inclined to buy cheaper goods and perhaps ask less questions than before.
We know that lot of sat nav sytems are being stolen. They are becoming almost a necessary item to own.
What we feel is that because so many items of this type of property is being stolen, there must be more than usual market for them.
He added stolen goods were much easier to return to their owners if they had been registered on www.immobilise.com, a property register used by all the UK’s police forces.
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