Operation Identification is the engraving of your valuables with your Florida driver's license number to deter burglars and also to prove ownership should the article be stolen and recovered by the police. Permanently marked valuables are more difficult for the burglar to dispose of and many times he won't bother stealing these items.
DO NOT mark your items with your Social Security number. Federal regulations governing the identity of Social Security registrants make the numbers impossible to trace. If you engrave your valuables with a license number from another state, be sure to include the initials for that state. (FL, GA, NC, SC, etc.)
Suggested items for marking: Bicycles, televisions, stereos, tape recorders, cd & dvd players, cameras, appliances, sporting goods, guns, typewriters, computers, sewing machines, clocks, power tools, lawn mowers, outboard motors, golf clubs, etc.
Items which cannot be marked, antiques, china, coins, etc., should be photographed in color with the owner's identification. A complete description of the article should be written on the back of the photograph.
Once you've engraved your property, be sure to maintain a list of the articles, manufacturer & model, serial number and location number, or photographs in a safe place.
For additional information, contact the Community Affairs Division at (904)630-2160, or any of the sub-stations. Electric engravers are available at each police sub-station, and can be borrowed, FREE of charge, for up to two days at a time.
Zone 4 - Cedar Hills Substation (904)573-3165
3726 Blanding Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Please let your immediate neighbors know when you will be out of town and ask them to grab your mail and newspaper rather than leaving them to collect by your door. Please keep your car doors locked at all times of the day and night. We are all safer if you are not a target. If you have not yet reported to the JSO that you were a victim of the recent crime wave, please consider doing so. Under some circumstances, you may be able to make your incident report to the JSO by telephone. If the JSO has an accurate count of the incidents in our area, the JSO will provide better protection to address this “trend”, as possible.