Police invite public to join Operation ID

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Leader Staff

The Shawano Police Department is inviting the public to join its Operation I.D. program, which is aimed at helping authorities identify and recover stolen property.

“In recent months we have been receiving numerous calls about thefts from yards, garages and homes,” Police Chief Mark Kohl said. “In many of the thefts the owner cannot supply the police with a serial number or owner applied numbers. This information is critical for the police in trying to recover this stolen property.”

In addition to making note of all serial numbers, names and model numbers on your valuables, Kohl also recommended taking digital photographs of valuables and keeping that information in a safe place.

Also, under the department’s Operation I.D. program, police will loan you an engraver to apply an owner I.D. number to valuables that do not have serial numbers or easily identifiable characteristics.

“Mark anything of value that a burglar, or two, could remove from your premises,” Kohl said.

He said those items might include electronics, power tools, computers, stereos, radios and bicycles.

“Please stop down and ask about the Operation I.D. program and we will loan you an engraver to take with you,” Kohl said. “We’ll provide you with an engraver and instructions on how to use it.”

The department is located at 125 S. Sawyer St., or you can call the department at 715-524-4545.