Every year there are thousands of acts of crime
against property in the City of Edmonton. As a result of these
property crimes, the police recover numerous items. Unfortunately a
very small percentage of this recovered property is returned to the
Why? The General
public cannot identify its property! If everyone would mark their property with a driver's
licence number, we would increase the number of items recovered and
lower our insurance premiums. In the absence of a driver's licence
number, a provincial id card can be obtained through any vehicle
Operation Identification? Operation Identification improves the chance of recovery. If
you are a victim of a break and enter and all your items are marked
and easily traced, anyone found with them will be arrested for
possession of stolen property and your articles will be
What is Operation
Identification? It is the
marking/photographing of all valuables in and around your home.
Who should follow
Operation Identification? The
procedures can be used by anyone including non-program members, but
only Neighbourhood Watch members will receive stickers,
"Items marked for Identification".
Operation Identification followed? Zone Leaders are responsible for monitoring the lending of
engraving pens throughout their community. They can directly keep
track of the engraver, or they can ask their Block Captains to
handle that responsibility. Community Leagues quite often purchase
the engravers for use within that community, and the Zone Leader
may approach the League executive for permission to use
Engraving pens can also be purchased at local hardware stores
for a reasonable cost.
Household Inventory booklets can be used as a recording
Use a drivers licence number as police have access to this
information 24 hours a day. If you do not have drivers licence you
can obtain a provincial id card from any vehicle registries office
and use the number on the card to identify your property.
Engrave deeply and somewhere where it can be readily found/seen
Do not rely on serial number tags on the back of property. They
can be torn off.
Engrave all valuable property and/or photograph it. Jewellery
and fine china, which cannot be engraved, should be
Have a jeweller engrave small valuables.
Two copies of your recordings should be kept in a safe place,
such as a safety deposit box, in the event you are a victim of
Display "Items Marked" stickers after property is
When items are recovered, the article can be traced to its
owner through the police computer.
Marking your property does not take a lot of
time or effort. If we all marked our property, there would be many
more charges laid against criminals. By marking our property, we
will have increased the chances of returning the property to its
rightful owner. Also, let's not forget about lower insurance
premiums! Lets get involved!