HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- At the June 24 Harrisonburg City Council meeting, the Leads Online database system was approved for implementation.
The system is a searchable online database of pawn items for police departments around the country to check for stolen objects.
The current system is a paper and pen system that does not easily allow for police to track stolen goods from burglaries that may have ended up in pawn shops.
Now, after its passage at the council meeting, the new 'leads online' system will make it much easier for police to track stolen goods from burglaries locally and statewide.
"We required pawn shops to use an online system to register the types of goods that are dropped off there in order to make sure that they're not stolen.The online system was a lot more efficient than what we have been doing, which is a paper way of keeping track of things," said Kai Degner, a city council member.
This new ordinance also requires pawn shop dealers to keep a close eye on items such as scrap metal, which is a large stolen item in the Valley.
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