Operation Identification is coming to Kensington, reports the Kensington Area Resident/Merchant Alliance. Operation I.D. is a free program offered by the New York police department where valuable items – including cars, bikes, and computers – are engraved with a serial number linking them to their owners. This makes it possible to reunite recovered stolen items to their rightful owners and also makes it harder for the thief or thieves who stole the goods in the first place to pawn them. Theoretically it also therefore makes the valuables less desirable to thieves to begin with. Decals are handed out to participants, to put on windows or doors and warn intruders that all items in the home have been tagged.
The Operation Identification team will be setting up in Kensington on November 23rd at the Astoria Federal Savings Bank. The bank is on McDonald and Church, right off the Church Avenue F and G subway lines. Police officers from the 66th Precinct working in conjunction with the Astoria Federal Savings Bank will be at the bank from the hours of 10 to 4 to register any prudent residents who come by. Operation I.D. operates across the city and those who can’t make it to the Kensington event can still contact their local precinct for information on how to get their goods registered.