Technological advances provide a wealth of benefits for daily tasks, and many businesses, including pawn shops, are seeing the positive aspects of computers and databases. These short term lending
companies are able to work with local authorities to catch thieves and possibly prevent future burglaries from area homes. Pawn shops in Paulsboro, New Jersey, are required to enter and store information about every item brought in, according to the Gloucester County Times. This electronic database helps the police department catch and apprehend thieves who have stolen to items from homes and businesses. Paulsboro police captain Vernon Marino told the source that many pawn shops in the area are happy to work with authorities to try and put a stop to the robberies. Government Technology reports that the state of California now requires pawn shops to enter data into an electronic system about goods being brought in by sellers. The law was signed by Governor Jerry Brown and will soon be used to create a statewide database. Officials who created the legislation are pleased that it passed, as they are hoping it will reduce the number of thefts, especially those of jewelry and metal goods.