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Crime Prevention > Operation Identification

Have you ever wondered what happens to property that is seized or recovered by the police?  In many cases it is destroyed or auctioned, simply because it cannot be traced to the proper owners.

Operation Identification is a crime prevention program designed to discourage theft and provide a way to easily identify stolen or lost property by marking your valuables. Taking part in this program is another way you can TakeAction to prevent crime.

Operation Identification – Call for Action

It’s easy to take part in the Operation Identification program.

  • Borrow an electric engraver for a few days from your local Police Station or Police Service Centre.  It’s free!
  • Engrave as many articles as you wish, ensuring the identification number is clearly visible, without marring the appearance of the item. A second hidden number can also be applied if possible. A Driver’s License number is the best identifier to use, since the police can run this number through the Motor Vehicle Branch computer and locate the owner very quickly.
  • EngraverComplete the inventory forms that come with the engraver, filling in the make, model and serial number of all the items that you engrave. Keep one copy for yourself in a safe place. A second copy can be left with your insurance company.
  • Place the Operation Identification decals that come with the engraver on your windows and doors. This advertises to potential criminals that your articles have been marked for identification.

Although Operation Identification does not guarantee your valuables will not be stolen, it does make articles more difficult for the criminal to dispose of because they can be easily traced. Marking property also helps police when making a case in criminal court.

If you need more information or have any questions about Operation Identification, contact the Winnipeg Police Service Community Relations Unit at 204-986-6322 or via email.

 


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