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Stolen Goods Markets

NCJ Number
Michael Sutton
Date Published
March 2010
72 pages
This guide addresses the problem of stolen goods markets.
The guide begins by describing the problem. It advises that stolen goods markets facilitate the demand that drives much property theft. Even though stolen goods dealers and consumers create the demand for stolen goods, police and crime-reduction efforts remain firmly focused on the thieves. A description of the problem is followed by a review of factors that contribute to stolen goods markets. Understanding a local market for stolen goods is then discussed. This involves asking the right questions about stolen goods markets, offenders, targets, and locations and times. Guidance for measuring the effectiveness of countermeasures focuses on outcome measures and process measures. The guide concludes with a description of responses to the problem of stolen goods markets. The topics discussed are general considerations for an effective response strategy, specific responses to reduce stolen goods markets, and responses with limited effectiveness. 83 references and appended summary of responses to stolen goods markets and a sample of stolen goods market offender interview