Operation Identification

This nationwide crime prevention program helps identify property if it should be stolen. Operation Identification is a program centered upon the belief that to prevent crime we must attempt to address the elements of the crime triangle.

 We attempt to make property less desirable to the criminal element by marking our valuables in such a way that they can be identified, increasing the likelihood that the thief will be caught with stolen goods. By doing this we hope that the criminal will choose to go elsewhere to commit his crimes and if he does take your belongings that if caught we can identify your property, successfully prosecute the thief, and return your property to you.

Stages of Operation Identification


Engrave your property.

Engraving your valuables with the number on your driver’s license will aid police agencies in identifying you as the property’s owner. It may also prevent a thief from choosing to steal your belongings because they are more identifiable if they are caught with them. Even if your belongings have a serial number already, engraving your driver’s license number will ease identifying you as its owner. Police Department has engravers which may be used to engrave your belongings. Engravers may also be arranged by emailing our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Police Specialist Steven Van Zanten or email Police Specialist Kari Madore.


Keep a list of your valuables.

Make a list of all of your valuables. Make several copies and store them in two or more secure locations, such as a safe, locked drawer or cabinet. Include on your list a full description of the item including color, make, model, year of manufacture, and any other identifiers, including any engraving.

Items to include on your list are CD players, stereos, computers (desktop and laptop), printers and any other peripherals, telephones, televisions, radios, I-pods, portable game systems, Wii, X-Box, Play-stations, and any other belongings. Most electronic equipment has a serial number; anything that does not have any good identifier can be engraved. For more information, contact a Police Officer. Also save information about your bicycle and vehicle (insurance policies often include your vehicle’s identification number, plate, and other information). If you have any questions filling out your inventory or locating identifiers, please feel free to contact a Police Officer.

Download our Personal Property Log (DOC).


Report stolen Items to your local police department.

If any of your belongings are stolen, notify Fife Police immediately at 253-922-6633, ext. 1. Reporting your loss can ease recovery. In addition, every incident is listed in our shift re-cap, which alerts the community when such a theft occurs. In addition, valuable items can be entered in the Criminal Justice Information System computer. This will alert police agencies nationwide of the theft, and will aid in recovering the items if another department recovers them.