Operation ID

Operation Identification” is a program through the Norman Police Department to encourage citizen involvement in crime prevention. The program is designed to discourage theft but also to recover property that has already been stolen. This calls for joint participation by you and the police in identifying, marking, and listing your valuable items. This effort can act as a deterrent to theft because stolen items bearing etched identification numbers are more difficult to sell. If you are a burglary victim, there is a better chance of recovering the items and possibly linking a suspect with the burglary if the items were marked. It can also make reporting the burglary easier, because you will have all the information about your property in one place.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK? You use an engraving pen to inscribe your driver’s license number on the upper right hand corner of the backside of all items that do not have a serial number. Even if an item does have its own serial number you can still mark it with your ID number also. Then you make a log of the make, model, color, serial number, etc. of each item. We also recommend that you take videotape or pictures of the items as well. Then store the list in a safe place and give a copy of the list and pictures to a trusted relative or friend to keep in case you become a victim of a burglary.

WHERE DO I GET AN ENGRAVING PEN? The Norman Police Department will loan you an engraving pen at no charge if you are a Norman resident. It is a good idea to call ahead to make sure that all the pens are not checked out and that there will be a pen for you to check out when you get to the Police Department. When you come to check a pen out make sure that you bring your driver’s license or state identification, because they will need to make a copy of it for you to check a pen out.

For more information about “Operation ID” please call the Norman Police Department at (405)321-1600.