According to the announcement published by the governorship, a Second Hand Material Purchase and Sale Certificate will be issued by those who sell and buy scrap, sell and buy second hand goods.
The Governorship of Istanbul imposed a “document” requirement in the purchase and sale of scrap and second hand materials in order to prevent the sale of the goods subject to theft crime in the second hand market.
The governorship has issued an announcement regarding the issues to be observed in the purchase and sale of scrap and second hand materials.
In the announcement, it was stated that ensuring the welfare, peace and happiness of individuals and society and protecting their fundamental rights and freedoms are among the fundamental duties and responsibilities of Turkey.
In the announcement, it was emphasized that the country struggles with all kinds of crimes and criminals that disturb the peace and tranquility of the society through all its institutions, especially the law enforcement agencies, and takes all kinds of measures regarding the maintenance of the daily lives of citizens without disruption and trouble.
It was stated that theft, which negatively affects the general order by causing material and moral damages for the citizens, the feeling of insecurity and the increase in crime anxiety. Although it has a decreasing trend in recent years thanks to the measures taken by the law enforcement units and the efforts made to enlighten the events, it is among the most common public order incidents in Turkey. In the statement, the following was recorded:
“The purchase and sale of the goods subject to theft crime in the second hand market increases the material and moral damages caused by the theft and can prevent the clarification of the incidents by the judicial units. Although the purchase or acceptance of criminal goods is a crime in the Turkish Penal Code No.5237, the rapid change of the location of the stolen items, the ability to buy and sell without any records and documents in the second-hand market make it difficult to reach the stolen items and identify suspects.
New rules introduced
In the announcement, the items in order to prevent the sale of the goods subject to theft crime in the second-hand market, to prevent it from appearing as an attractive way in terms of gaining a benefit, to clarify the incident upon the detection of the goods obtained after the theft, to identify the suspects, to catch them and to protect the public order were listed as follows.
- Issuing a Second Hand Material Purchase and Sale Document, which specifies the identity and address information of the person (s) who sell and buy scrap, and the quantity and characteristics of the goods
- Issuing the Second Hand Material Purchase and Sale Document that identifies identity and address information of the person (s) who sell and buy the goods at workplaces that operate on second-hand purchases and sales of electronic goods and white goods (mobile phone, computer, tablet, camera, television, refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, battery, copper material, etc.), as well as the date of the shopping transaction, indicating the quantity and characteristics of the goods.
- Submission of the first invoice or document during the purchase/sale of second-hand items,
- Recording of scrap and second hand goods purchases and sales, keeping an inventory list by businesses,
- Establishment of security camera and recording system inside and outside of workplaces and businesses that buy and sell scrap and second hand goods,
- Mobile scrap dealers obtain the necessary documents from the Local Authorities or the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization and submit them to the authorities when requested,
- Not buying and selling goods to persons under the age of 18 unless they are accompanied by a guardian,
- Keeping the Second Hand Material Purchase and Sale Document for a period of 1 year.
In the announcement, it was stated that the authorized units, especially the law enforcement and police units, will focus on inspection activities, and if those who act contrary are detected during the inspections, judicial and administrative actions will be carried out within the framework of the provisions of the legislation, and the administrative fines foreseen in Article 32 of the Misdemeanor Law No. 5326 will be applied. It has been reported that the decision will take effect as of the date of publication.
Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz