LONDONDERRY — A secondhand dealer/pawnbroker ordinance in town will get some upgrades to support the police department’s work.
The Town Council approved amendments to the town’s existing ordinance that change some language and specify what types of businesses are key in case police needed to investigate any thefts.
Police Chief Bill Hart introduced Detective Sean Doyle to give the presentation on the ordinance and what the amendments mean for the town and the police department.
“This came out of a rash of burglaries,” Doyle said. “In the past two years, we’ve seen a sharp increase. We need to make victims in the community feel safe in their own home.”
Doyle said the uptick in home burglaries could be due to a rise in the use of heroin and other drugs.
Between July and September 2013, Doyle said Londonderry had 30 residential burglaries.
“This is just another investigation tool for us to use to follow up,” Doyle said.
Right now, Londonderry police use the New England State Police Information System Network to help keep police updated on stolen property, items pawned or what might have been sold that day by a dealer.
Dealers and pawnbrokers need to log information on items received and provide photos. Police then manually enter the information into the database. Updated software will make that process easier.
Doyle said there are seven businesses affected by the ordinance. Consignment shops are not included in the updated ordinance.
Other changes include adding dealers who specialize in scrap metal, copper and automotive parts. He said those items often end up being the materials that are sold after theft occurs.
The changes will help the police partner more with local businesses to come up with the best plan for helping recover any stolen property and apprehend those who steal.
Doyle said all businesses affected will be provided with training, cameras and software to help keep better track of items being brought in to sell.
There will also be better search capabilities using updated software.
That will, he said, keep the community safer in the long run.
“There is no worse feeling than not feeling safe in your homes,” Doyle said.