By Steven Martens
September 18, 2010
The Bettendorf City Council will discuss an ordinance Tuesday intended to help curb the sale of stolen items in the city.
The proposed ordinance change would require businesses that buy items such as electronics, jewelry and coins to participate in an online program called LeadsOnline, which allows police departments across the country to track stolen merchandise.
The program is free to businesses, which would be required to input data about the item and the person selling it into the LeadsOnline system, Police Chief Phil Redington said.
He said notices about the proposed ordinance were sent to five local businesses that would be affected. The city also would like to encourage participating businesses to advertise to
their customers that they are participating in the program as a way to deter the sale of stolen items.
"I think in the long run, it will be good for the businesses," Redington said.