Sunday, February 25, 2018
Operation IDOperation Identification is a citizen's burglary prevention program for use in homes and business. The Operation ID program involves the marking of property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation Identification has shown dramatic results in its ability to reduce burglaries.

The Operation ID program has two parts.

  • First: Mark your valuables with your Driver's License Number so that your property can be easily traced and identified as yours.
  • Second: Display a sticker which tells would-be burglars that your property has been marked.

What Makes Operation Identification So Effective

Marked property is difficult for a burglar to dispose of or re-sell. It can be traced to the rightful owner with relative ease. If the burglar is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.

How to Participate

To participate in Operation Identification call the Vicksburg Police Department and ask for the Community Resource Office. An appointment will be made to come and engrave your items. Or you can bring your items to the police station, and they will be engraved for you.

After marking your property, make a list of your valuables and keep a copy of the list in a safe place. If you should become a burglary victim, you will be able to quickly describe the stolen property from the list.  Items that cannot be marked we suggest a photograph or video of these items. This will be of great help to the police department in our attempts to recover the stolen property.

Once property has been marked and a list made, display an Operation Identification sticker on doors and windows near every entrance to your home. By advertising your participation in "Operation ID", you are announcing that your valuable property has been marked and will be difficult for a burglar to re-sell.

"Burglary is the most frequently committed crime in the United States. By participating in Operation Identification you are taking one important step to protect your possessions from burglary and theft."