Pawn shops across the country are taking advantage of new forms of technologies to help prevent thieves from trying to sell stolen goods. These short term lenders are working with authorities to put a stop to the illegal activity.
According to NBC-17, several shops throughout the state of North Carolina are adopting electronic systems that monitor and keep track of all items brought into the store. Any goods that are stolen in robberies from homes or businesses are also logged into these databases. Pawn shop owners enter the seller's identification information as well as any product serial numbers, and then the system cross checks all data to see if there are any matches. Police departments also have access to the technology, which allows them to quickly track down and arrest thieves, states the news source. The Cobb County Police Department in Georgia is asking county officials to consider passing policies that would require area pawn shops to integrate electronic solutions to help authorities catch criminals, reports WSB Radio. If passed, these businesses would be required to collect all of the information of the seller, as well as take fingerprints and pictures of the items brought in.