The purpose of this Division Z of the city code is to license , including , , and , in order to prevent these businesses from being used as facilities for the commission of crimes and to assure that such businesses comply with basic consumer protection standards, thereby protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community. The City Council makes the following findings regarding the need to regulate , operating within the city:
   (1)   Use of the services provided by provides an opportunity for the commission of crimes and their concealment because such businesses can and transfer stolen property easily and quickly;
   (2)   Measures to prevent stolen property from being sold to are necessitated by the fact that no other level of government regulates this industry or effectively and efficiently identifies criminal activity related to these businesses; and
   (3)   An automated system of tracking merchandise and secondhand transactions will help city law enforcement officials better regulate current and future , will decrease and stabilize the costs associated with the regulation of this industry, and will increase the identification of criminal activities in the secondhand industry.
(Ord. 93-24, passed 5-10-1993; recodified by Ord. 95-13, passed 8-7-1995; added by Ord. 2007-18, passed 5-7-2007)