Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The Bryan Police Department would like to encourage all residents to participate in Project Identification. Project Identification should help you identify your property should it be stolen and allow the police department to return your property. Well marked property is less desirable to a thief and easily identifiable property increases the likelihood of a thief’s apprehension and prosecution. Property should be engraved with your driver license number in order to make identification of property easier. You should not use your social security number to mark your property.
If you are a victim of burglary or theft the chance of recovering your property is not very likely without a serial number. Serial numbers and or owner applied numbers greatly enhance your chances of getting your property back. Forms for documenting serial numbers can be found at www.bpdviper.com under crime prevention and Project ID.
In cases where engraving would not be suitable or possible, items such as jewelry, firearms or antiques these items should be photographed and a detailed description attached to your inventory sheet.
You should still take pictures of all your electronics. Some examples of pictures would be an overview picture, up-close picture, picture of serial number, and picture of any marks or scratches. These pictures will help identify the property and get it returned to the owner when it is recovered.
You can go to www.bpdviper.com for Project ID forms or other crime prevention programs. However you decide to document the serial numbers; it should not be kept on the computer, just in case the computer is stolen. The documentation should be kept in a safe place and easily accessed if needed.
With all the new Christmas presents and new electronics, now is the time to document and photograph them.
Officer Jason B. James
Bryan Police Department
Public Information Officer
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