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Operation I.D. Theft Prevention Program

Operation Identification (I.D.) is a nationwide program of law enforcement agencies and the citizens and businesses they serve.

The goal is to reduce property theft and aid in recovery of stolen property through a personal identification system.

Marking your possessions with an identifying number is an effective method of deterring theft. Thieves find it more difficult to dispose of stolen articles that can be traced through an owner's personal ID number.

If caught with a marked item, the thief can be convicted. The marked items can also be returned to the rightful owner.

Using Operation I.D.

  1. Mark your property (bike, computer, stereo, CD player, etc.) with your driver's license number.
  2. On an inventory sheet make a record of those items with a brief description and serial numbers if available
  3. Make a copy of the completed inventory
  4. Send a copy home to your family or permanent address while keeping the original in a safe place

If you happen to have property stolen, this will enable you to give a complete description of the items stolen. This information will aid the police in locating and returning your property if it is recovered.

Selecting a Proper ID Number

  • Your driver's license number with state postal abbreviation provides an instantly recognizable number to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
  • If you are a non-drive, contact a local Oklahoma Tag Agency to see if an ID number can be issued to you.

NEVER USE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR BIRTH DATE TO MARK YOUR BELONGINGS!

Marking Your Property

  • Mark all of your valuable possessions with an electric engraver, an inscriber pen, an infrared indelible security marker, or other marking pen.
  • Practice using the engraver on scrap material before marking your property.
  • The electric engraver can be used on metal, wood, or hard plastic. Your personal ID number should be marked on all removable parts in at least two places: one visible and one hidden.
  • Some items cannot be engraved and have no model and/or serial number, such as antiques, furs, jewelry, musical instruments, fine art, and silver.
  • It is suggested that such items be marked with infrared indelible markers and photographed/videotaped for size and identification purposes.
  • When photographing or videotaping property make sure that you place an item in the picture, such as a ruler or dollar bill, to establish scale.

Which items should you engrave?

You should mark and record anything of value that a burglar (or two) could conceivable carry away. Use the following checklist as a guideline:

  • Bicycles
  • Power Tools
  • Binoculars
  • Stereo Systems
  • Cameras
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • CD/DVD Players
  • VCRs
  • Hand Tools
  • Video Game Equipment
  • Recreation Equipment
  • Electronics
  • Camcorders
  • Appliances
  • Business Machines
  • Textbooks

If you sell a marked item

  • Do not "scratch out" your ID number, simply draw one line through it.
  • This way the item can still be identified down the road and it does not appear to law enforcement that the number has been altered or destroyed.

MARK YOUR TEXTBOOKS BY:

  • Printing your full name on the inside cover of each text book.
  • Printing the current school year or semester under your name.
  • Printing your driver's license number on the inside cover.
  • DO NOT USE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR BIRTH DATE TO MARK YOUR TEXTBOOKS!

Marking your textbooks and engraving your personal items will help the OCU Police Department identify and return your property if it is lost or stolen.

This will also help provide information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for stealing personal property on campus.

Other safety tips

  • Make a record of all your personal property and have your driver's license number engraved on the items.
  • Always lock your doors and windows when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes.
  • Lock your vehicle and roll up the windows when parking.
  • Lock your bicycle in a properly anchored rack.
  • Don't leave valuables (CD's, radio face, etc.) in plain sight in your vehicle.
  • Don't leave valuables unattended when in the library, cafeteria, or other study areas.
  • NEVER PROP DOORS OPEN IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS
  • NEVER LET STRANGERS INTO THE RESIDENCE HALLS
  • REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO THE OCU POLICE DEPARTMENT x5911