We know that crime can be devastating to businesses of all sizes. We don’t want it to happen to you, so we’ll support you in the following ways:

  • if you’re a victim of crime, we’ll support you and neighbouring businesses to improve security measures
  • we’ll visit local businesses throughout the region to advise on how to keep your property and business safe
  • we’ll invite you to sign up to our ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ partnership approach
  • we’ll advise you on the use of lighting and CCTV to deter offenders
  • we’ll give you signs to display, stating that property offered for sale will be checked


If you’re a business trading in second-hand goods:

  • we’ll give you a free UV torch, to check whether property offered for sale has been stolen
  • we’ll share details of stolen property with you as soon as we can
  • we’ll ask you to be our ‘eyes and ears’ on the street
  • we’ll help you to recognise the signs of criminal exploitation, if you see it
  • we’ll ask you to call us straight away if you have any concerns
  • we’ll invite you to sign up to the WDBC portal.


  • it’s less likely that offenders will target a business which is well secured
  • it will be easier for retailers to recognise stolen property and block the sale of stolen goods
  • it will be easier to trace offenders to specific crimes, and to secure a conviction
  • it will be easier to return stolen property to its rightful owner
  • offenders will find it more difficult to dispose of and profit from stolen goods
  • this will help to deter offenders as ‘crime won’t pay’
  • this will reduce incidents of acquisitive crime
  • this will also help us to tackle serious organised crime, and to safeguard vulnerable people who are being criminally exploited.

If you have any suspicion at all that the item has been stolen, please contact us and we will investigate this.

We also send retailers regular stolen property alerts to share details of any stolen property in circulation.

When taking part in a transaction with a member of the public, please remember the following: 

  • confirm the seller has two forms of ID - both photographic and proof of address - and record their details,
  • make reasonable enquiries about the item’s ownership; for example, its history and provenance,
  • keep up to date on the information shared by the police about stolen goods possibly in circulation,
  • check each item with UV torch provided.

If you have any doubts about the item or the seller, contact us via 101.
Always call 999 if it's an emergency.

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If you have a question about We Don't Buy Crime or acquisitive crime in Gwent:

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If you want to contact Gwent Police about another matter or to report a crime you can direct message us on social media or call 101 or 999 in an emergency.