By Kevin Haas
May 11, 2010
LOVES PARK – Aldermen gave their OK Monday for a few new tools to fight crime.
The Loves Park Police Department will use a Web-based system called LeadsOnline, which monitors pawn-shop transactions. The system is used by law enforcement to recover stolen property and help solve crimes.
"For instance, if your house is burglarized tonight, tomorrow morning we'll go right online and we'll start looking for property that has been pawned around the time the house was burglarized," Chief Jim Puckett told a city committee Monday, adding that a trial period went well.
"If it is being pawned, that way will start getting hits on when it was pawned and who pawned it."
Since Feb. 1, registering with the online database has been mandatory for all pawn brokers in Rockford. Registration is free for business owners.
Loves Park doesn't have any pawn brokers within the city limits and hasn't discussed a mandatory registry ordinance, officials said.
The program will be used to track pawn shops in Rockford and surrounding communities. Rockford police have said the program has led to several arrests.