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Pawn Unit

Pawn brokering is one of man’s oldest financial institutions. Its history can be traced back at least 3,000 years to ancient China. Besides being a source of capital for people in times of need, Pawn shops can also provide a quick source of capital for enterprising thieves wanting to exchange stolen items for cash.

The Doing Business In Winnipeg By-Law #91/2008 was passed by City Council in June of 2008, and requires all Pawn shops, Used Goods Dealers, and Precious Metals Dealers to thoroughly document their transactions and electronically report them to the Police on a daily basis.

If you’ve been the victim of a property crime and suspect that your property has been pawned, please call the Pawn Unit, or attend to your police service center.

If you have already filed a Police report about a property crime, contact the assigned investigator.

Please call the Pawn Unit directly if you have any questions about the Doing Business In Winnipeg By-Law or Pawn shops.

Contact Information

Address: 245 Smith St, Division # 43 Criminal Investigations
E-mail: Pawn Unit
Office phone: 204-986-5621
Fax: 204-986-6821


  • Enforcement of laws regulating Pawnshops and Second Hand Stores.
  • Analysis of pawn data to identify criminal suspects and stolen goods.
  • Facilitate recovery of stolen property.

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Last update: October 24, 2019

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