And the study, by criminologists, has shown that many burglars and thieves steal goods based on orders they receive in advance, with big name brands topping the list.
The research commissioned by insurer LV, discovered that around one in four Brits would ignore the fact that an item was stolen, if offered a good price to purchase. Around a quarter of those asked said they would willingly break the law to bag a bargain, while one in three admitted spotting goods they suspected were stolen at a market.
Interviews with convicted thieves also showed that many items were stolen to meet orders, with around one in five crimes committed with the intention of taking a specific brand.
Small electrical items topped the most wanted list and brands such as Sony, Apple, Samsung, Dell and Microsoft, were those most frequently requested by customers, because of the ease of re-sell and potential profit.
However, it wasn’t just electrical items which were sought after. Convicted burglars said that designer fashion items were also big business, with Prada and Miu Miu the top most commonly requested brands. Chanel perfume and accessories were also found to be another winner, easily sold by thieves.
Many admitted they used online auction sites to shift their haul, sometimes advertising items for sale even before they had them. Once they received a successful bid, they would then go and steal the item for delivery.
Interviews with the convicted thieves also showed that they would go to quite extreme lengths to find the goods they were after. Not content with targeting affluent neighbourhoods, many admitted to rifling through bins, to see if there were receipts for the items they were looking to acquire.
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