STOP Thieves Off-Loading Property (STOP )

​​A new scheme to ‘STOP’ the onward sale of stolen goods has been launched in Darlington.

Stop Thieves Off-loading Property (STOP) is a partnership with second-hand outlets in Darlington, which aims to prevent stores becoming unwitting distributors of items that have been obtained as a result of crime.

Over 30 shops, jewellers and pawnbrokers have signed up to the initiative to ensure, to the best of their ability, that any property received in not stolen.

As a result of the scheme, four people have already been arrested and charged with offences relating to stolen items being offered for second-hand sale.

For more information, or to become involved in the STOP scheme, contact a member of the Darlington policing team on 101.