Council passes resolution on cash for gold shops

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Leitrim County Council has passed a resolution calling for stricter controls to be placed on shops offering cash for gold.

Leitrim County Council has passed a resolution calling for stricter controls to be placed on shops offering cash for gold.

The issue was raised by Cllr Martin Kenny at the May Council meeting. Cllr Kenny said that his family home had been targeted by thieves in recent weeks and he stressed the need for tighter regulation of cash for gold shops to stop criminals from profiting from the proceeds of crime.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Kenny suggested that the Council pass a resolution on the control of such businesses and tighter restrictions on how records are kept and payments are made.

The resolution calls for the Government to take action to regulate the shops that purchase gold items and all other activities dealing in precious metals. In detail it sets out that measures should include:

• CCTV must be in all gold shops with clear images of customers and dealings retained for an appropriate period of time.

• All valuable items must be photographed in the shop and photos retained by the shop.

• The seller of the item must produce photographic ID with copies retained by the shop.

• The seller of the item must produce recent household bill as proof of address with copies retained by the shop.

• The payment for the item must be made 10 days after the item is brought into the shop, by way of a cheque posted to the home address of the seller.

• Gardai must have full access to all records including pictures and CCTV images.

• A license to commence business and continue operating as a dealer in precious metals must be dependent on strict adherence to the measures set out here..

His proposal received cross party support and the resolution was unanimously passed.

This resolution will now be forwarded to the relevant Ministers and Government Departments on behalf of the members of Leitrim County Council.