Operation Identification is a citizens crime prevention program to help safeguard property. The program involves marking property with an identifying number as a way to discourage burglary and theft.
It’s easy! Just mark your property with your drivers license number, keep and inventory, and display your decal. Use your 2 letter state identifier and your license number. Example: TX12345678DL. On hard surfaces, use an engraver to mark a permanent part of the item in a visible location. On soft or porous objects, use a permanent marker For items that cannot be marked, take a photograph of the item, along with a description of the item.
Make an inventory of items. Be sure to include a complete description, including the make, model, color, unique qualities and serial number.
Display the decals in a visible place. The decals warn potential thieves that the property is marked. This makes it more difficult for the thief to sell the property and makes it easier for the thief to be caught. As a result, this acts as a deterrent.
It’s free. Contact the Victoria Police Department to borrow an engraver. Decals are also provided at no cost.
If you are interested in getting a Neighborhood Watch started in your area, or would like to know more about the program, email the Crime Prevention Unit or call at 361-485-3808.