Department of Justice Should Explore the Feasibility of a Uniform Identification System for Marking Personal Property

GGD-79-54: Published: Apr 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1979.

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The growing incidence of property thefts prompted a survey of Operation Identification, a program designed to deter such crimes.

The results of the survey, which was done in New York State and at federal agencies in Washington, D.C., indicated that the program is being extensively implemented. However, it was noted that the numerous types of identifiers being used to mark personal property are hampering efforts to return stolen property to its owners. Law enforcement officials repeatedly stated that a single, unique identifier, or a system of identifiers, would increase the return of property and enhance other police operations. The development of such a system has not been pursued by any federal agency.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Department of Justice should explore the feasibility of adopting a uniform property marking system, either through developing a unique numbering system or cataloging those already in existence. If a uniform system is feasible, its use could be encouraged through crime prevention projects funded by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.

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