Crime Prevention begins with you. Operation Identification is a
great place to start!
A nationwide crime prevention program called Operation
Identification encourages everyone to mark their valuables to discourage
theft, make stolen goods traceable and increase the chances of recovery.
Step 1. MARK YOUR PROPERTY with your drivers
license number and two digit state code (never use a Social Security
Number). Law enforcement agencies across the country have access to
state motor vehicle records and will use this number to identify you as
the property owner. Even if your item has a serial number, mark it with
your personalized ID code. A thief is less likely to steal items which
have been marked. Marked items are traceable and make a thief more
vulnerable to being caught and prosecuted.
>> YOUR PERSONALIZED
ID CODE is your drivers license number followed by the 2-digit state
code: " RL12345OH " <<
What to Mark and How:
Hard Objects -- such as computers, bicycles,
radios, stereos, TV's, cameras, laptops, I-Pods, watches, sporting
goods, tools and appliances -- use an engraving tool to mark your
identification number on a conspicuous, permanent part of the item. Then
engrave the number again in a less obvious place. Metal or plastic parts
are best for marking a smooth legible mark.
Unmarkable Items -- such as jewelry, musical instruments,
antiques, glassware -- place the object against a plain background and
take several color photographs from different angles. Include a ruler in
the picture for scale. Label the photos and keep them with an inventory
Soft or Porous Objects -- such as leather,
fiberboard, cloth -- use a permanent ink marker to write your
identification number on a permanent part of the item. Some fiberboards
may be hard enough to use an engraving tool.
Call the SSU Department
of Public Safety and ask about borrowing the electric
engraving tool. There is no charge to use the engraver, however it must
be returned within forty-eight hours. Engravers are fairly inexpensive
and can be purchased at any hardware or department store.
Step 2. INVENTORY YOUR PROPERTY by using the
Property Protection Form
and make a list of all your valuables, including IPods, GPS, CD players,
stereos, TV's, computers, laptops, cell phones, radios, backpacks and
any other belongings. Include a full description of the item including
color, make, model, year of manufacture, serial numbers and any other
identifiers, including any added engraving. Make copies of your list and
store it in two or more secure locations, such as a safe, locked drawer
or cabinet. If you have any questions filling out your inventory list or
locating identifiers, contact the Department at 351-3243.
Step 3. REPORT ANY THEFT of your belongings
immediately to the SSU Department of Public Safety at
351-3243. Reporting your loss can increase the chances of recovering
your property. In addition, every criminal incident is listed in our
Daily Crime Log, which
alerts the campus community.