What is Operation Safeguard?
Operation Safeguard is a crime prevention initiative designed to help Law Enforcement successfully identify, recover and return stolen property to its rightful owner. Historically, law enforcement agencies nationwide have experienced difficulty in identifying ownership and in returning stolen property.
How does Operation Safeguard work?
This initiative is based on a simple theory: persuade property owners to document information about their property. The documented information should include make, model and serial number. The Titusville Police Department provides a user friendly form for convenience. Store the form in a safe place. Property without a serial number may be marked with identifying marks. In the case of theft the information can be supplied to the Titusville Police Department.
What happens when I make a theft report?
If you are the victim of a burglary/theft, the Titusville Police Department will take the serial number of your stolen property and enter into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database which is maintained by the FBI. Providing the make, model and serial number gives law enforcement useful tools to recover and return your property and the criminal properly prosecuted.
Another valuable avenue of recovery is with pawn shops. The Florida Pawn Broking Act compels pawnbrokers to provide law enforcement information about items pawned including serial numbers. They are also required to obtain government-issued photographic identification of individuals who pawn property and provide that information to law enforcement along with the items pawned.
Some things to record: TV’s, Guns, Blu-Ray/DVD players, Cameras, Stereos, Bicycles, Computers, Tablets, E-Readers, Tools, Lawn Equipment, Golf Clubs, Navigation equipment, Tools, Business Machines, I-Pods, MP3 Players, etc.
How do I get started?
The Titusville Police Department is committed to reducing crime. By participating in Operation Safeguard, you are taking an important step in protecting your property from burglary and theft. Together, we can make a difference!
You can get an Operation Safeguard Inventory Sheet from the Titusville Police Department or any Titusville Police Officer. You can also download the form online by clicking here.
IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A THEFT, THE BEST AVENUE FOR HAVING YOUR PROPERTY RETURNED IS BEING PREPARED. HAVE ALL OF YOUR PROPERTY INVENTORIED INCLUDING SERIAL NUMBERS & ID NUMBERS
Use the Operation Safeguard Inventory form to help document the items of value in your home. Items that do not have serial numbers can be engraved with an identification number such as a partial DL or partial Social Security Number.
Keep your inventory form in a safe place once completed. Do not keep it stored solely on your computer.
Nobody expects to be the victim of property crime, but if it does happen, you'll need to be able to provide the information to law enforcement.