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Operation Identification

EngraverSafeguard your valuables by making your mark!

Property that is marked or etched with an identifying number is considered “damaged goods” in the eyes of a criminal.

In support of the OPP SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program, Operation Identification is a property marking initiative designed to help discourage the theft of valuables by facilitating the identification of recovered stolen property. The idea is to simply engrave your valuables with an identifying number in a highly visible spot.

OPP recommends using your Driver's Licence or Vehicle Licence Plate number as your personal Operation Identification number to visibly mark all your valuables.

WHY DOES MARKING PROPERTY WORK?
When theft occurs, in most cases the stolen property is not actually kept by the person committing the crime. In fact, many criminals specialize in the theft of certain items that they re-sell in bulk. As a result, victims often find that only specific items have been stolen, while other valuable items have been left untouched.

Items that can be traced backed to an owner are NOT very appealing to criminals. This is because:
  • Visible identifiers provide immediate and irrefutable evidence of theft.
  • Attempting to remove identifiers from property is time consuming and requires extra work by the thief.
  • Property with identifiers or scars left from removing identifiers is not easily sold for profit.
MAKING YOUR MARK!

IN YOUR HOME:
On computer equipment, TVs, DVD players, stereos, cameras, game machines, video equipment and jewellery

IN YOUR VEHICLE:
Personal property, cell phones and other electronic equipment.

IN YOUR BUSINESS:
On computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, hand tools and other portable equipment.

IN YOUR CLOSET:
On expensive clothing such as leather jackets or fur coats, use a ballpoint pen for similar protection.

Stop graphicA SafeGuard Ontario electric property engraver is available for loan "free of charge" following a SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Review. Operation Identification is one basic step in helping prevent theft. Good landscaping, effective lighting, good doors and locks and other security measures should also be taken to help prevent crime. 

Predictable is preventable. Safeguard your property!