Within a year, California law enforcement agencies hope to have an online database available to them that will help track frequently stolen property.
Sacramento Assemblyman Richard Pan wrote the law that was signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week. Pan directed the law at pawnbrokers and recyclers when he discovered the current reporting system for both amounted to slips of paper dropped in a box, "This online database will help catch the kinds of criminals who stole thousands of dollars worth of metal from actually my small business here in Sacramento."
Police say a database run by the State Attorney General's office will allow officers to search and cross reference by name or item all over the state.
Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel says crime is up more than eight percent over last year, largely because of increases in metal thefts and residential burglaries, "What we have done is kind of close the gap to where the pawn industry, when they accept a pawn, know that we in law enforcement are going to partner with them to track the items that are sold to them."