New pawn shop ordinance proposed in Barbourville

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Barbourville City Council wants all pawn shops to keep computer records of how they got the items in their store in an effort to reduce crime.

The policy is already in effect in at least one pawn shop. Each transaction at T and L Pawn is logged into a computer. The employees record the item and the seller's personal information.

"It's great. Anytime a police officer comes in, we can pull up anything we buy, pawn, or sale for that matter for them to see, and it's just really effective," said Teresa Gray, owner of T and L Pawn.

Barbourville leaders want this computer system in all pawn shops in the city.

Thursday, City Council proposed a new pawn shop ordinance that updates the current ordinance that was established in the 1970s.

"There's new software now. Since the 1970s, everyone has a computer system set-up," said Mayor David Thompson.

Barbourville police say if the ordinance passes, it will make a difference in solving theft cases.

"We believe it will slow the amount of stolen items that are brought into Barbourville," said Detective Steve Owens.

Police say thieves pawning stolen items is a growing problem.

"We take it on good faith and when you take it on good faith, you don't know who is bringing it in or what it is," said Gray.

The proposed computer requirement would also give police access to all pawn shop databases.

"That way they can see where it came from," said Gray.

"We believe it will make a tremendous difference," said Det. Owens.

The mayor says City Council's second reading is planned for Monday afternoon.

The mayor says if passed, the ordinance will affect four pawn shops in the Barbourville city limits.


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