But police defended the ordinance, arguing requiring online submission and detailed descriptions of purchases would help them retrieve stolen items more quickly and track down thieves.
“As police officers, what makes us good at our jobs is attention to detail,” said Detective Jason Mooney. “We don’t leave any stone unturned, and when we do leave a stone unturned, crimes go unsolved.”
He said last year police received over 450 reports of thefts and over 150 reports of burglaries.
“All we’re asking for is an amendment to an ordinance that would be a tool to the Peru Police Department to help solve these crimes in order to return property and valued items back to the citizens of Peru,” Mooney said. “And we need help doing that.”
Councilman Steve Gough said businesses already have the burden to provide purchase information to police, and the new ordinance brings that requirement into the 21st century.
“Electronic filing isn’t going away,” he said. “We’re trying to move out of the dark ages and into the digital age. That’s just the way it is, and we’re going to have get there.”
Council tabled the ordinance for more time to talk to business owners and research the issue. Council said they also wanted certain language changed that they said was vague about what purchased items would have to be filed online.