Should pawn shops be required to go digital?

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- A proposed update to the second hand property dealers ordinance was a hot topic at the Coos Bay City Council meeting this week.

The biggest change in the plan would force second hand dealers to use an electronic database when entering purchased products, as opposed to the current paper method.

The new system would make it easier to track down stolen goods. "Right now, I feel a lot of our property is being transported over into Eugene, up into the metro Portland area, and it's been pawned and sold up there," said Coos Bay Police Chief, Gary McCullough. "We will be able to track that now, because these databases are all combined with that."

The proposal was met with some criticism from local secondhand dealers.

The council says they will take into consideration the dealers concerns, and present a revised proposal at a later meeting.