How to Avoid Buying Second- Hand Stolen Goods
The second-hand goods market has been flourishing in South Africa since statistics have shown a decline in the real net wealth of South Africans.
BUT BEWARE – If you are found in possession of stolen goods you will be charged.
DataDot microdots can assist in meeting legal obligations important in the second-hand market and prevent you as the buyer being charged as an accomplice or a thief if you are found in possession of suspected stolen goods. Microdots are a “distinguishing mark or feature” on a motor vehicle, on scrap metal or any other second-hand item whether purchased through an auctioneer or a second-hand dealer.
In terms of the Act you may want to keep the following in mind:
A dealer “must keep a register in the prescribed form and record in the register the prescribed particulars regarding every acquisition or disposal of second-hand goods.”
The particulars must include “a description of the second-hand goods and serial number or distinguishing mark or feature of the second-hand goods”
A motor vehicle dealer “dealing in second-hand motor vehicles must also record in the prescribed register the particulars regarding every acquisition or disposal of a motor vehicle”
The particulars are to “include any distinguishing mark or feature, such as microdot particulars.”
A dealer “dealing in second-hand communication equipment must also record in the prescribed register the particulars regrading every acquisition or disposal of communication equipment”
The particulars are to include “any other distinguishing mark or feature, including serial number.”
So remember …..
Second-hand dealers are required by law to keep proper records of the goods in their possession.
When purchasing second-hand goods members of the public have the right to verify that the goods are not stolen.
If you are found in possession of stolen goods you will be charged.