What is Operation Inventory?
Operation Inventory is a citizen's property recovery program. It promotes recording information about your belongings to aid law enforcement in recovery should it ever be stolen.
What Can I Do?
Your part is easy and simple, all you have to do is record descriptions of your property on the Operation Inventory Log Sheet and keep it in a safe place. If your property is stolen, you will be able to provide the information about the items taken to law enforcement. For any items that do not have serial numbers such as jewelry, you should take photographs and store them with the inventory log sheet.
What Does Law Enforcement Do?
Information about stolen property is entered into a national computer database known as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). NCIC is a computerized index of criminal justice information (i.e.- criminal record history information, fugitives, stolen properties, missing persons). It is available to Federal, state, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When an item is found, it can be checked for stolen with items listed in the NCIC database.
Another valuable avenue of recovery is with pawn shops. The Florida Pawnbroking 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.
Items reported pawned to law enforcement by pawnbrokers are routinely checked against items reported stolen in the NCIC database.
This is an example of the Operation Inventory Log Sheet that you can download.
(approximate file size is 364KB)
Just the Facts
Fact: Several items that are stolen do not have serial numbers. Police are able to identify stolen property by just a description. Special markings or other identifying traits are helpful too.