A pop-up store has opened up in London's trendy Shoreditch that sells stolen property from “the back of lorries”.
Set up by insurance app Back Me Up, the Stolen Goods Shop (above) is full of stolen items that were seized by police before they were legally snapped up at auctions when they weren’t reclaimed by their owners.
Items in the store include BOSE headphones, Rayban sunglasses and a limited edition Mulberry handbag – at massively reduced prices.
Money raised from sales will go to charity.
Explaining the idea behind the shop, Back Me Up managing director Paul Lynes said: “We set the Stolen Goods Shop up to help create awareness among young people of the high risk of theft and to raise some money for charity.
“We hope to raise thousands of pounds to split between Mind, The Princes’ Trust and Shelter.”
Reformed criminal Richard Taylor – star of Channel 5’s ‘It Takes A Thief To Catch A Thief’ – will even be on hand to advise customers how to keep their own property safe.
He said: “The Stolen Goods Shop is an innovative way of raising awareness so that fewer people fall foul of thieves.
“The more we can educate the public about the tricks of the criminal trade, the better equipped they will be to protect themselves and their possessions.”
Mr Lynes added: “The serious message behind the shop is that November is the peak month for theft claims – they are 9% higher than the average for the rest of the year.
“There will be lots of messaging in the shop on how to keep safe and Richard will be around to give people advice based on his experience – we hope people will benefit.”
The Stolen Goods Shop is at the Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL, from 3-5 November between 10am and 7pm, and on November 6 between 10am and 4pm.
Top pic: Twitter/Back Me Up