- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Officers with the Greensboro Police Department are participating in an initiative to help residents label and record valuables to both deter crime and speed the return of stolen items.

The event will be held Saturday at Glenwood Recreation Center, where residents can engrave a unique identifier on portable valuables such as computers, gaming systems, bicycles and stereos.

The initiative is part of a national program called “Operation Identification.” Its premise is that marked property is less attractive to criminals because it’s more difficult to sell.

The second part of the initiative involves creating a record of the valuables either on a form that police provide or through an online website. When the items are marked and recorded, the resident receives an “Operation Identification” sticker for a home window.

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