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How to best make sure you can recover your stolen property

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

If you’ve been a victim of property crime, how do you make sure you get your stuff back if police recover it? It’s important that you’re able to identify it as your own. Spokane C.O.P.S. has a program to make that easy for you.

It’s called Operation I.D. Each shop has an engraving gun that you can use for free. Simply bring in your items, or check one out to take home for the larger items that are difficult to bring in.

“Things go missing all the time and once something is stolen it's hard to prove it's yours to get it back and this is one way you can do so,” says Patrick Striker, executive director of Spokane C.O.P.S.

You can mark anything from a TV to a cell to a laptop. So what should you etch in? Striker says you should engrave your driver’s license number.

“So that way, if it does get recovered detectives can see that, look it up, find you quick and easy,” he says.

But make sure you also document the serial number and take pictures of your items. That way, your items can be reunited with you if they’re recovered.

If you want to get your items engraved, you should call ahead to your local COPS shop. For more information: http://www.spokanecops.org/what-isoperation-i-d

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