May 29, 2012
Sheriff John Montgomery announced Shane and Debbie Porter, owners of Porter's Pawn and Bargain Center, Inc. of Mountain Home, have donated funds for the sheriff's office to renew the annual membership and licensing fees for LeadsOnline, an electronic reporting system used by law enforcement, pawn shops and pawn brokers.
Montgomery says his office began utilizing the system which enables review and access of pawn shop transactions in 2011 after the Quorum Court enacted an ordinance requiring all pawn shops and pawn brokers doing business in the county to record their transactions rather than report them manually. The software cost and access is $2238 per year.
LeadsOnline is the nation's largest online investigation system used by law enforcement to recover stolen property, help stop meth manufacturers, reduce metal theft and solve crime, according to the sheriff. The LeadsOnline database has hundreds of millions transactions in their database that can be accessed by law enforcement and participating businesses nationwide.
According to Montgomery, the system has proven instrumental in providing evidence to help solve many burglaries, thefts and break-ins in Baxter County since his office and local pawn shops began utilizing it.
Montgomery also announced a service that LeadsOnline can provide to all citizens of the county to maintain secure records of personal property they own. He says citizens can store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures and scans of receipts so their items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. These records may also come in handy when reporting losses to insurance providers, says the sheriff.
Anyone interested in taking advantage the feature of LeadsOnline may go to their website at www.leadsonline.com and select the "Citizen INventory System" block at the top right of the home page and create an account. Residents may only utilize the system to enter personal property and descriptions of their property. The sheriff says residents will not have access to the law enforcement functions or be able to search for stolen property. The secure "Citizen Inventory System" is designed for use as an inventory tool to provide information to law enforcement agencies and insurance providers in the even of a theft or loss.
Sheriff Montgomery says anyone interested in using the LeadsOnline inventory feature should visit their website for more information.