A bill passed this week in the Drug Trafficking and Security Commission will continue in the legislative plenary. It prohibits pawnshops from operating between 7pm and 6am and requires better customer records.
The plan seeks to cut down on stolen goods going through pawnshops. It is all too common that someone steals an item and immediately gets rid of it at a pawn shop. This happens most frequently at night.
The bill establishes that store owners must keep detailed records about those who come in to sell objects as they will be obligated to verify the identities if the items are found to be stolen. Additionally, the pawnshops must deliver invoices or documentation ensuring the legality of objects purchased.
The bill will hopefully lead to better control of everything that enters during the day and stop the influx of stolen items at night and in the early morning.