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 February 2nd, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff invites central-St. Lucie County residents to protect their property with Operation Identification Saturday, Feb. 4 at Winn Dixie, Midway Road and U.S.1
To encourage central-St. Lucie County property owners to better protect their property, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is inviting people to participate in Operation Identification.

"We are partnering with businesses and the community with Operation Identification and other essential crime prevention programs.  It is only through community partnerships that we find success in deterring crime,” Sheriff Mascara said.

"This is a proactive effort on the part of the Sheriff’s Office to encourage property owners to take the time to label or mark their property and to keep good records of personal property," said Sheriff Mascara.

Operation Identification involves four steps for property owners:

1. Keep records of personal property;

2. Place labels on personal property;

3. Encourage property owners to engrave their driver’s license number on personal property; and

4. Place OPERATION ID sticker on a residence or business indicating participation in the program, which can have a deterrent effect on would-be thieves.

"We invite the public to come to Winn Dixie at Midway Road and U.S.1 on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get more information on Operation ID and to participate," Sheriff Mascara said.

Food will be provided with proceeds benefitting Dogs and Cats Forever.  Sheriff’s Explorers will also be present for child fingerprinting, and K9 teams will provide an informational display and demonstration.  All Points Mobile Shredding will be present as well to allow residents to destroy sensitive documents.

Here’s how it will work:

1. People are asked to come to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit booth, get a property sheet, one sticker for their residence and two property stickers with sequential numbers.

2. Residents then can go home and begin recording personal property on the personal property form.

3. People are invited to contact the Crime Prevention Unit for additional stickers and information. The telephone number is 871-5303.

The Sheriff’s Office will not keep records of property; but the Sheriff's Office will keep records of the sequential property sticker numbers and to whom those numbers are registered.

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