Computerized System Links Tulsa Cops, Pawn Shops


A new online system that allows Tulsa police to track pawnshop transactions will be good news for burglary victims and bad news for burglars, says the Oklahoma city’s World. The Business Watch International regional system is expected to be in operation by June 30, linking the Tulsa Police Department to area pawnshops, a police spokesman said. The system could increase by 300 percent the amount of stolen property that is recovered from pawnshops, he said.

The $17,000 system will provide real-time access to pawnshop transactions. Oklahoma law requires pawnshops to make available to law enforcement agencies detailed records of every purchase or pawn transaction. The new real-time system replaces old protocols that included many shops mailing handwritten slips to the Police Department.

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