Operation ID

What is Operation ID?

Operation ID is a national crime prevention project designed to protect your valuables from theft. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has resulted in dramatic reductions in theft.

The Operation ID program has you mark your valuables with your DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER so your property can be easily traced and identified as yours.

What Makes Operation ID So Effective?

Marked property is difficult for a thief to dispose of or re-sell. It can be traced to the rightful owner with relative ease. And, if the thief is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.

How to participate

At no cost to citizens, electric engraving tools are made available at the Sheriff's Office. Contact the Sheriff's Office for information on other sources.

Your DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER should be used as your identifying mark on the valuables which you engrave. A typical marking should look like this:


Note that the standard two-letter state abbreviation precedes the number. The Driver's License Number should be engraved on an area that cannot be easily removed and which is NOT easily seen, preferably adjacent to the manufacturer's model or serial number.

Do NOT mark valuables with your Social Security number. Federal regulations governing the identity of Social Security registrants make the numbers next to impossible to trace. Also, displaying your Social Security number can put you at risk for Identity Theft. 

After marking your property, make a list of your valuables and keep a copy of the list in a safe place. If possible, make several copies and store them in two or more secure locations, such as a safe, locked drawer or cabinet. If you should subsequently become a burglary victim, you will be able to quickly describe the stolen property from this list. This will be of great help to us in our attempt to recover the stolen possessions.

Valuables that cannot be marked, such as antiques, silver, china, coins, jewelry, etc., should be color photographed with a complete description of the article on the back of the photograph. These photographs and your log sheet should be kept in a safe place and used for identification purposes in the event of theft.

Mark these possessions!

The items listed below are those most commonly stolen from homes, businesses, and vehicles:


television sets hub caps binoculars 
stereo components mag weels watches
VCRs electric shavers typewriters
car audio components firearms adding machines
tape recorders clocks golf clubs
cameras appliances jewelry 
CB radios fishing equipment bicycles
sewing machines sports equipment computers
tools (hand & power) answering machines printers
dictating machines musical instruments monitors
CD players calculators microwave ovens



To download an Operation ID Property Form, please click here


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