Defense Against Crime


Protecting Your Stuff with Operation ID

A few years ago a friend of mine had his home broken into, and many valuables stolen including his big screen TV. In a conversation with police, he told me that many college students or some home owners are prone to leave valuables such as laptops, MP3 Players, game systems, or GPS systems visible in their often unlocked cars. In many of these robberies or burglaries, the thieves generally sell or pawn this property. Many of the illegal buyers tend to stay away from items that have identifying numbers inscribed on it. Look at these headlines to prove my point.

  • West Monroe police use website to track stolen items at pawn shops
  • Authorities raid Goose Creek pawn shop harboring $100,000 in stolen goods
  • Police: $750,000 In Stolen Goods Found At Pawn Shop

To make matters worse, the police told my friend who had items stolen, that it was his responsibility to check the pawn shops for his stuff. How would he prove to someone that something was his, unless he had it marked?

Operation ID is the practice of marking your valuables for identification purposes. It has been effective in identifying and recovering stolen property. In addition to securing and hiding your valuables you should mark and record your property, so that it can be identified by law enforcement officers as your property and returned to you. In addition you can advertise the fact that your valuables are marked and recorded to deter thieves. Place OPERATION ID decals in obvious viewing areas on doors and windows informing the thief that it is not worth the trouble to purloin from you. American Security Educators Inc. has available self adhesive decals for this purpose.

How to mark your Items.

You can easily and quickly participate in OPERATION ID by obtaining and engraver. Some law enforcement agencies have some that they loan out, you many also see of your HOA is participating in OPERATION ID. When you mark your valuables for Operation ID it is VERY IMPORTANT that you place your ID Markings that can be traced back to you and identify your specifically. The use of your stated issued drivers license or other official ID (NOT Social Security Number) Business should use their State resale tax number.

Mark your valuables as follows: First, your state abbreviated: then your drivers license number. For example, if you’re live in California and your driver’s license number is A0123456 your valuables would be marked like this: CA-DL#A0123456, if you lived in Texas it should be marked as TX-DL#874020709 (using your DL number of course). Remember to slowly and carefully mark your valuables, so as to avoid mistakes, especially with long numbers.

Make Large Items.

  • Such as TV, DVD player, VCR, stereos, etc. should be marked on the back side in the upper right hand corner
  • Furniture should be marked on the bottom right hand side
  • Bicycles should be marked on the sprockets

Mark Smaller Items & Things

Special care must be taken when marking small electrical items such as watches etc. You SHOULD NOT use an engraver’s tool with a vibrating marker since it might cause damage to the mechanism. A nail, pin, or mechanical engraver pen might be used instead. Make expensive clothing with a special invisible ink in several places on the clothing. Do not make the inside lining or the labels since criminals usually tear off such lining or labels before they try to hock them. is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for yourself, your home or your business, purchase our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.     



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