Operation Identification

Engraving the back of a laptop computer.

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Operation Identification encourages community members to mark or identify valuables as a proactive measure against theft. Marked stolen articles are difficult to sell, and they are more easily traced.

Contact your local  Community Police Centre to borrow an electric engraver - free of charge - to mark your personal possessions using a unique identifier, like a driver's licence number. The borrowing period is generally three days. In addition, you are encouraged to photograph or videotape the contents of your home that can't be engraved, including jewelry, silverware, figurines, paintings, etc. Window stickers for your home are also provided to alert people that you have taken proactive measure to deter theft by participating in the Operation Identification Program.

Protect your property - become a participant in Operation Identification.

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To borrow your engraver as part of in Operation Identification, please visit or call your local Community Police Centre.

NOTE: The information collected on this form is for Ottawa Police Service Operation Identification program use only. Information is collected by the Ottawa Police pursuant to its authority under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Ontario Police Services Act. Questions about the collection of personal information should be directed to your local Ottawa Police Service Community Police Centre.