From http://www.twcnews.com by Caroline Vandergriff, January 4, 2013
It’s getting tougher for thieves to make a profit from stolen property in North Carolina. A new salvage yard reporting law that went into effect last month is quickly locating stolen vehicles.
Bob Young, owner of 109 U Pull It in Winston-Salem said he has always required proof of ownership from sellers but believes the new law is leveling the playing field. “A lot of companies were buying stuff, pretty sure that it wasn’t the person’s vehicle, but the law said they could, so they did.”
The law requires salvage yards and metals recyclers to verify information about vehicles before they buy them. Before, businesses didn’t have to require a title if the car was 10 years or older.
Detective K.R. Johnson of the Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division said the new rules are a checks and balances that not only protects the presenter of the vehicle or vehicles, but it’s going to protect the business owner.
Through the new system, if a vehicle is reported stolen salvage yards and recycling businesses are notified to help stop any sales. If the car is not reported stolen, businesses must still obtain a copy or scanned image of the seller’s drivers license. “We’re going to have that picture ID, that photograph..that person signing their name too, this which is ultimately a start in an investigation,” Johnson explained.
During the four weeks it’s been in place, the division’s License and Theft Bureau said they have received 41 reports of stolen cars. Authorities have recovered 33 of those.
North Carolina salvage yards and recyclers were required to begin verifying the status of vehicles brought into their businesses as of December 1st. Businesses who have not registered with the division could face felony charges.