What is Operation I.D.?
Operation I.D. is a very important deterrent in the prevention of burglary and theft. Here is how it works. Mark your valuables with your two letter state abbreviation and your driver's license number. Example: TN 123456
How does this help prevent burglaries?
Law enforcement officers know that the average burglar is an opportunist. In most cases, he doesn't care whether he breaks into your home or your neighbors. He just wants to get in and out quickly and steal those items that can be easily be sold for cash.
Burglars know what if they are caught with marked merchandise it is solid evidence against them. Fences don't like to handle marked items, so it increases the chances that the burglar will leave your home alone and head for easier choices.
How do you join Operation I.D.?
Easy, just mark your stuff.
It is also a good idea to record the model and serial numbers of valuable items, including credit cards, and keep them in a safe place. This helps when notifying your insurance company or describing to law enforcement what is missing, if a burglary does occur.
Which items should you engrave or mark?
The best rule of thumb is: mark anything of value that a burglar(s) could remove from your premises. Use this checklist as a starting guideline.
Where should items be engraved or marked?
Part of Operation I.D.'s objectives are to warn burglars away, so don't try to hide the fact that an item has been engraved or indelible marked. Mark items as conspicuously as possible without defacing them.
Obviously some valuables such as jewelry, antiques and silverware cannot be marked without reducing their value. Photograph items in your residence and work areas for identification using either a digital camera or a video recorder. Use of a video recorder allows you to not only visually record the items but adds audio to more fully describe them. Although it does not guarantee law enforcement will be able to trace your items, it is just another tool you have in helping to identify your lost or stolen property.