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Operation Identification


What is Operation Identification?

Operation ID graphicOperation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizen's burglary prevention program for use in homes and businesses. The Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify stolen property should it be recovered. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results in burglary reduction.



Operation ID has two basic components.

Step 1.

Engrave your valuables with your driver's license number so your property can be easily traced and identified as yours. Print out this form and use to record your items.

DO NOT USE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER! If you do not have a driver's license, you can obtain a Colorado State Identification Card which has a generic number and does not expire. Engrave as follows:

CO #########.

Engrave in two locations: 1) one that can easily be seen, and 2) one that cannot be easily seen. Photograph or record a video of items and keep the photos/video in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box. Jewelry should be photographed with an ID card and ruler next to it to show ownership and size.

Step 2.

Display an Operation ID sticker that tells would-be burglars that your property has been marked. Stickers can be provided by the Longmont Police Department.

Note: Electric engravers can be purchased at hardware stores, or large department stores in the "tools" or hobby/craft section.

What Makes Operation ID Effective?

Marked property is difficult for a burglar to dispose of or resell. It can be traced to the rightful owner with relative ease, and if a burglar is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.

After marking your property, make a list of your valuables, and keep a copy of the list in a safe place. If you should become a burglary victim, you will be able to quickly describe the stolen property from the list. This will be of great help to police in their attempts to recover stolen possessions.

Once property has been marked and a list made, display the Operation Identification sticker on doors and windows that could be used for entry. By advertising your participation in Operation Identification, you are announcing that your valuable property has been marked and will be difficult for a a burglar to sell. Often, the presence of the sticker alone is enough to deter a burglar. Do not, however, display an Operation ID sticker without first marking your property.

Mark These Possessions

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

  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Camcorders
  • Car audio systems
  • Computer equipment
  • Digital voice recorders
  • DVD players
  • Fishing rods/reels
  • Golf clubs
  • GPS Units
  • Guns
  • Home theater components
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Lawn mowers
  • Mag wheels
  • Microwaves
  • MP3 players
  • Musical instruments
  • Outboard motors
  • Portable window air conditioners
  • Radios
  • Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Stereo equipment
  • Telephones
  • Tools (hand/power)
  • Televisions
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Video game consoles/components
  • Wheel covers

Items to consider marking with a permanent marker include: backpacks, luggage, computer bags, duffle bags.

NOTE: If you have property that is considered an heirloom or antique, and engraving it would deface it or reduce its value, take detailed photographs of it along with an ID card and ruler (to show ownership and size), and keep the photos in a safe place.