Fridley Police Implements Operation Inventory
Due to a slight increase in residential burglaries, the Fridley Police Department has implemented a new program called Operation Inventory. Operation Inventory promotes documenting information about all of your belongings in an effort to aid law enforcement in the recovery of your property should it ever be stolen or lost.
Stolen property can be entered in a national data base IF police know the Make, Model and Serial number information of the item. Stolen property information that is entered into the national data base has greater success of being located and returned to victims. Therefore, Fridley is excited to begin implementing Operation Inventory.
What is Operation Inventory?
Operation Inventory is a property recovery program. It promotes recording information about your belongings to aid law enforcement in recovery should it ever be stolen. There are three options involved:
- Record the description and serial numbers of all valuables.
- If no serial number exists, engrave an identification number or name.
- Photograph items of value which have no serial number and cannot easily be engraved.
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 law enforcement with information about the items taken. For any items that do not have serial numbers, such as jewelry, 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. To enter property into NCIC several pieces of information are required, including the make, model and serial number. If no serial number is available, the missing property cannot be entered into the NCIC database. When missing property items are located, they can be queried for stolen with items listed in the NCIC database.
Another valuable avenue of recovery are pawn shops. The Minnesota Pawn Broking Act compels pawnbrokers to provide law enforcement information about items pawned including serial numbers. Pawnshops 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.
Property items that are reported pawned to law enforcement by the pawnbrokers are routinely checked against items reported stolen in the NCIC database.
Operation Inventory form - print this to make a record of your property