UNA Police urge students to protect valuables, take advantage of ‘Operation ID’

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Tattoos for your valuables could actually help to keep them safe from thieves.

University of North Alabama officials want students to know they will help personalize valuables, to help curb crime.

"It's kind of a popular program around the nation among colleges and universities that really assists us in preventing thefts and burglaries," explained UNA Police Chief Kevin Gillilan. "I can tell you it's under utilized."

'Operation Identification' is a program designed for students to help personalize their valuable devices, to keep them safe.

"We can do that one of two ways," he explained. "They can come in and actually check out one of our engravers or if they are not confident in doing that, we can get an officer to assist them with that."

The marking can be anything from numbers to images. Whatever it is, if your stuff is marked, there is a better chance you will get it back.

"I've worked at several universities and I've seen many times where we have been able to recover items that do not have serial numbers because they were personalized."

Gillilan said often times, folks forget to write down serial numbers, which is why 'Operation ID' was created.