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Operation I. D.


What is Operation ID?

Operation IDentification is a national crime prevention project designed to protect your valuables from theft. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has resulted in dramatic reductions in theft.

The Operation ID program has two parts:

FIRST:  Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number so your property can be easily traced and identified as yours.


SECOND: After marking your property, make a list of your valuables and keep a copy of the list in a safe place



What Makes Operation ID So Effective?

Marked property informs the thief that this potential victim has security awareness and has taken precautions, thereby encouraging the thief to find an "easier" target. Marked property is difficult for a thief to dispose of or re-sell. It can be traced to the rightful owner with relative ease. And, if the thief is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.


At no cost to students, electric engraving tools  are made available at all Housing Offices and at all University Apartment Managers' Offices. Contact the OU Police Department for information on other sources.


Your DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER should be used as your identifying mark on the valuables which you engrave. A typical marking should look like this:


Examples of Engraved DL Numbers prefaced by 2-letter state codes.

Note: We recommend you add the standard two-letter state abbreviation to precede the numeric or alpha/numeric DL “number” for your state. The Driver's License Number should be engraved on an area that cannot be easily removed and which is NOT easily seen, preferably adjacent to the manufacturer's model or serial number.

After marking your property, make a list of your valuables and keep a copy of the list in a safe place. If you should subsequently become a burglary victim, you will be able to quickly describe the stolen property from this list. This will be of great help to police in their attempt to recover the stolen possessions.

Once the property has been marked and a list made, display an Operation ID decal on doors and windows which might be used for entry. By advertising your participation in Operation ID in this way, you are announcing that your valuable property has been marked and will be difficult for a thief to sell.


Mark these possesions!

The items listed below are those most commonly
from homes, businesses, and vehicles:

stereo components

DVD / CD players

car audio components

voice/audio recorders


sewing machines

tools (hand & power)

hub caps

mag wheels

electric grooming equip.

microwave ovens

other appliances

fishing equipment

sports equipment

musical instruments

cell phones


MP3 players




golf clubs


computers (laptop & desktop)


TVs / Monitors

gaming systems

device accessories

In addition to making a list your valuables, consider photographic your valuables and store the photos (or copies of the photos) with your "list".

Get an Operation ID brochure, including a form to list your valuables, at the OUPD headquarters or download a printable brochure using the links on the right,      


For further information, contact our Crime Prevention and Community Relations unit at (405)-325-2864 or by e-mail at


Operation I.D.