Proposed pawnbroker ordinance aims to deter crime

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – City leaders in Frankfort hope a proposed new program will cut down on burglaries and thefts around town, but only with the help of some business owners.

Those owners and residents took part in a public forum about a ordinance that would require pawnbrokers and secondhand stores to list all the items brought into their stores for sale off the street.

The information is put into a third party program called LeadsOnline, which helps track stolen property for law enforcement. Frankfort police say with theft and burglaries on the rise, the program can help deter criminals, as long as businesses do their part.

“The adage of ‘it’s only as good as what’s getting put in’, that’s kind of this program. If no one’s putting in, if no one in our county (or) any of our merchants weren’t putting into this, why pay to have any of the service,” said Frankfort Police Det. Maj. Jason Albaugh.

After several questions early on most didn’t seem to have a problem with the program. The ordinance passed first reading by the Frankfort City Council last month. It needs a second vote, but could go into effect as early as this summer.

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