This is a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in homes and business. The program involves the marking of property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation Identification has shown dramatic results in its ability to reduce burglaries. One of the first items your Neighborhood Watch should purchase is a Dremel Identification Making Tool. A member might already own one. They are very inexpensive.
The Operation ID program has two parts.
• First: Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number so that your property can be easily traced and identified as yours.
• Second: Display a sticker which tells would-be burglars that your property has been marked.
What Makes Operation Identification So Effective?
Marked property is difficult for a burglar to dispose of or re-sell. It can be traced to the rightful owner with relative ease. If the burglar is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.
When marking your valuables, always use your driver’s license number, never your Social Security Number. Also, always use the two-letter state identifier along with your license number. Notice there are no gaps or spaces in the number shown: “CAC1234567.”
As you mark your items, always engrave the number on an area that cannot be easily dismantled and which is not easily seen.
After marking your property, make a list of your valuables and keep a copy of the list in a safe place. Take a picture of it as well. If you should subsequently become a burglary victim, you will be able to quickly describe the stolen property from the list. This will be of great help to the Police Department in our attempts to recover the stolen property.
Once property has been marked and a list made, display an Operation Identification sticker on doors and windows which might be used for entry. By advertising your participation in this way, you are announcing that your valuable property has been marked and will be difficult for a burglar to re-sell. Often the presence of the sticker alone is enough to deter a burglar.
“Burglary is the most frequently committed crime in the United States. By participating in Operation Identification you are taking one important step to protect your possessions from burglary and theft.”