Operation Identification

What is Operation Identification?

Operation Identification, or Operation ID, is a nationally-recognized theft prevention and property identification program for homes and business use. Operation ID involves the marking of property with an identifying number or simply recording any and all preexisting serial numbers as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results in the ability to reduce burglaries.

These numbers also help law enforcement agencies identify your property should it be lost or stolen. You can easily record all pertinent information by using this simple inventory form.

What makes Operation Identification so effective?

Engraved property is difficult for a burglar to sell. If properly marked or recorded, stolen property can be traced to the rightful owner. If a person is caught with marked property, it can be used as evidence of possession of stolen goods. If you are the victim of a burglary or theft and your property is recovered, it makes for easy identification of your property.

How to Participate

It is recommended that your Indiana Driver's License or Identification Number be used as your identifying mark on valuables that you engrave. Never use your social security number as your identifying mark. A typical marking should look like the one below.

IN- 1111-22-3333

The Indiana Driver's License or Identification Number should be engraved on an area that cannot be easily seen.

Mark items that might be attractive to a thief such as televisions, radios, camera equipment, stereos, small appliances, computers, and tools.  Record existing serial numbers on the Operation Identification Inventory Form provided. Small and very valuable items such as jewelry or antiques can be engraved by a jeweler, videotaped or photographed for identification purposes. Photographs and videotapes should include a ruler to show scale size. The photograph should be dated, and your identification number should be shown in the picture or written in print.

Keep a copy of the list in a safe place such as a safe or safety deposit box along with any videotapes or pictures. Keep the list updated by continuing to add any new purchases.

Suggested Items to Mark

Items listed below are the property most frequently stolen from homes and businesses:

  • Televisions
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Radios
  • DVD Players
  • Computers
  • Bicycles
  • Cameras
  • Jewelry
  • Guns
  • Hand Tools and Power Tools
  • Cellular Phones
  • Household Appliances
  • Cash
  • Golf Clubs
  • Mopeds
  • CD Players and CDs