NEW YORK Scrap
dealers in Green Bay, Wis., may soon be required to maintain an
electronic information database documenting scrap transactions,
the result of an effort by the citys police department to
curb theft and track potential sellers of stolen goods to
Some dealers are
apprehensive about the plan, initiated by the Green Bay Police
Department, which could come into effect as early as next
month. The city already maintains similar databases for pawn
shops and secondhand dealers as a means to combat trading of
stolen goods, and now wants scrap dealers to do the same.
"Dealers have to enter
certain fields relating to the transaction," Green Bay
assistant city attorney Jim Mueller told AMM. "It was
initiated by the police department, but were putting the
responsibility on dealers."
One scrap dealer said
the measure seemed unnecessary, since authorities already
inform many dealers of local property thefts. "You get e-mails,
you get updates. We already know whats stolen and
whats not," he said.
But police said that
the database, which will be accessible online and come at no
cost to scrap dealers, will save dealers the loss sustained
when stolen scrap is confiscated. "They were apprehensive at
first," Green Bay police Lt. John Rousseau said. "But the
dealers dont want to take stolen things either. Over
time, theyve come to realize that its helping them
Rousseau said most of
eastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, implements some
variation of the database to document property transactions by
scrap and secondhand dealers.