Oct 03, 2012 Quinn Thomas
The police chief also wants pawn shops to keep the names and addresses of sellers on file, while also noting any unusual markings or engravings on the gold. As part of the record-keeping requirements, vendors should also not make the item available for sale for at least 14 days, and that the police should be informed of any seller who frequently uses pawn shops to obtain alternative financing. While this may sound like a draconian measure, Ferreira has asked the Selectmen to bear in mind a Rhode Island state law that requires pawn shops to post images of all items online. This has allowed police officers to identity stolen goods quickly, although state legislation aimed at more stringent record keeping and positive identification requirements is still struggling to be accepted by regional lobbyists for the money-lending industry. However, the law does allow individual towns to impose their own requirements for pawn shops in their business community. With so many avenues open in the Somerset area for selling and buying gold, the police chief feels that the community will benefit if pawn shops are required to ask for identification before accepting any gold item for sale. "We are very mindful that we can only 'protect and serve' if we are in partnership with the community," Ferreira wrote on the town website. "To that extent, we are extremely publicly oriented and have put many programs in place to ensure maximum intervention with the public."