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620 W Division St
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065

Phone: 817-459-5700

 
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Operation Identification

Burglary is the most frequently committed
crime in the United States.

 

What is it? "Operation Identification" is a citizen crime prevention program for homes and businesses, and involves marking property with an identifying number. With your help, Operation Identification can dramatically reduce burglaries. The program has two parts:

First: Mark your valuables with your driverís license number so that they can be easily traced and identified as yours.

Second: Display a sticker, which tells would-be burglars that your property has been marked.

 

Why is the program 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. And, if the burglar is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.

How do I participate?

  • Residents may borrow an electric engraving tool from  city fire stations. Civic groups and clubs are encouraged to purchase engravers to be used by members. Apartment managers can also provide engravers for tenants. Engravers are inexpensive and can be purchased at most home improvement centers.

  • Use your driver's license number as your identifying mark on valuables, or use your assigned number from a state-issued identification card. Do not use your Social Security number. Contrary to popular belief, law enforcement cannot access Social Security information.

 Here's a sample marking: TX12345678

  • Engrave a part of the item that cannot be easily dismantled.

  • Make a list of your valuables (marked and unmarked) and keep it in a safe place. This will be of great help to the police if recovering the items becomes necessary.

  • Display an Operation Identification sticker at doors and windows that might serve as entry points for a burglar.  Do not display a sticker without first engraving your property!

What kinds of items need to be marked?
 

Electronics

Sporting Goods

Garage Items

Televisions

Binoculars

Power tools

VCRs

Bicycles

Hand tools

DVD systems

Motorcycles

Toolboxes

Stereos

Scooters

Ladders

Radios

Guns & knives

Lawn equipment

Video games

Bows, crossbows

Lawn mowers

Cameras

Fishing rods & reels

Camcorders

Tackle boxes

Computers

Baseball bats, gloves

Golf clubs

Outboard motors

Also Engrave
Vehicle Items Household Items  or Photograph

Sound systems

Microwave ovens

Musical instruments

Radar detectors

Toaster ovens

Jewelry

Batteries

Bread ovens

Antiques

Radios

Cofee makers

Silverware

Hubcaps

Vacuum cleaners

China

Mag wheels

Washers & dryers

For further information on obtaining an engraving tool and Operation ID stickers, contact:

Arlington Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit
phone 817-459-5725

May 8, 2002
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