Hazard City Police Chief Minor Allen said House Bill 463 could be one reason that shoplifting has gone up in the past six months.
Just this past December he said the numbers went from the average 15 a month to 25 to 30 that month.
Allen said the number of warrants issued has also gone up.
"A lot of that is our systems are cross linked and if we pull somebody over and run their license we will see that they have an active bench warrant on them or something it could just be technology catching up with them," said Allen.
Allen said he believed updated technology helped with identifying multiple and/or repeat offenders.
The chief said many people do not show up for court after being cited, which results in bench warrants being issued.