Operation Identification, a national program, is designed to
reduce burglary and theft. The program consists of the following
The engraving of your property with your driver's license number
to reduce the outlets by which thieves can dispose of your
belongings. Such property in thieves' possession provides evidence
of their guilt. Engraving also aids in identifying, tracing, and
returning your property when it is recovered.
The methodical inventory of the contents of your home and the
recording of the pertinent information to help you: a) expedite
insurance claims, and b) assist the police in returning your
stolen goods. Public Safety provides inventory sheets specifically
designed to record the most important information.
How To Participate in the Program
Almost any item can be engraved. We recommend that all easily moved valuables be
engraved (e.g., TVs, bicycles, computers,
cameras, sporting goods, stereos), along with metal, wood, or plastic items of
Valuables should be marked with your driver's license number and the first two
letters of your state's name in a place where they can easily be seen to ensure
Public Safety has a supply of engravers that you can borrow free of charge from
its office at 208 High Street. Because of the limited supply, we ask that such
engraver be returned within two days so that others may use it.
After you have engraved your property, we suggest that you systematically
inventory the contents of your home on a Public Safety inventory sheet, listing
the model, make, color, serial number and description of each item. Make several
copies of your Public Safety inventory sheet. Leave one with Public Safety, send
one home (if you are a student), and keep the other in a secure location.
Remember: to make the program work, you must keep the list current.
you are a faculty or staff member, we suggest that you also keep a
copy of all this information in a secure place at your residence or
in a safety deposit box.