SPRINGFIELD >> Police officials in Springfield are urging city council members to extend the western Massachusetts city's moratorium on new pawn shops and junk dealers that is set to expire in June.

The Springfield Republican reports police told councilors Thursday that the two-year moratorium has helped control crime and there is no need for more pawn brokers in the city.

Police say Springfield has a total of nine pawn shops and 33 junk dealers. Police Commissioner John Barbieri says the current number of businesses is controllable and they have been cooperating with police investigations.

Barbieri says victims of break-ins and thefts want officers to have a "fair shot to make the rounds" in efforts to retrieve stolen items.

City council's Public Safety Committee chairman says a three-year extension may be warranted.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/