scoop.co.nz 25 Mar, 2021 02:45 am

Helping Police Track Down Stolen Goods

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March 25, 2021 Justice Press Release – New Zealand National Party Parliament will get the chance to debate a common sense law that will help police track stolen goods being sold through second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers.The Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers (Electronic Records) Amendment Bill was pulled from the Members … Parliament will get the chance to debate a common sense law that will help police track stolen goods being sold through second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers.The Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers (Electronic Records) Amendment Bill was pulled from the Member’s Ballot today.Police often need to access records kept by second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers to track goods suspected of being stolen, but many dealers appear to only keep handwritten records or printed computer copies to comply with their current obligations under the law.

“The law hasn’t kept pace with technology in this area, and this common sense amendment will help Police do their job quicker and more effectively.“This will allow Police to receive the records by email, process them electronically, and compare the data against records of known burglars and stolen property, faster.

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