POLICE are urging second hand businesses to join them in a campaign to reverse the ‘Del Boy’ effect.
Del Boy, the hero of the long-running TV series Only Fools and Horses, made his money selling items that were fake or had fallen off the back of a lorry.
Sussex police hope to make burglary less profitable to thieves by working with second-hand dealers to remove the market for stolen goods in the county.
And they are encouraging residents to ask themselves if the price they are being offered is too good to be true.
Police officers will be visiting second hand shops to encourage them to carry out a series of checks on every purchase they make that could have been stolen.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: ‘There is a clear link between burglaries and the second-hand goods market but too many people seem to think that Del Boy-style criminals are just lovable rogues.’