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Operation ID

City College police issue property registration stickers to students who register their laptops, cameras, bicycles and other personal items. Photo by Jason Van Sandt | [email protected]

With the spring semester starting and students returning to school with new laptops, cameras and tablet computers, campus police note that it doesn’t take much for a student to become a victim of theft on the City College campus.
“It is common for there to be one to five reported thefts per day at City College,” said Los Rios Police Officer Tanya Racki.

One possible way to combat campus theft, according to the Los Rios Police Department, is Operation ID, a free property registration program for students, faculty and staff at City College that began last fall.

With thefts on campus so commonplace, Racki and the Los Rios Police Department designed Operation I.D. to help educate people about the dangers of theft on campus as well as provide a safe place for students to keep property identification.

“The chance of recovering [your] property is much higher if the serial number is known,” Racki said.

According to Los Rios Police Sgt. Mike Olson, it doesn’t take long for students to become victims of theft. Most thefts occur when students leave their property unattended while they go to the bathroom, leave to grab a drink or their attention is drawn away from their belongings for a minute or two.

“Students need to be proactive against crime,” Racki said.

The best way for people to ensure the police department has the correct serial numbers is to register their valuables with Los Rios police before becoming victims, or keep the proper information tucked away in a safe place that can be accessed at a later date.

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The process of registering valuables takes less than 20 minutes, Racki said, and all necessary information to register is typically located on the valuable items.

People registering their belongings need to know the manufacturer of the item, the model number and the serial number, according to Operation ID instructions. They need to present a photo ID, and bring their property to the City College police department during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to register the item with Los Rios Police.

“Bicycles are also a target [of criminals] on campus because the cable locks can be easily and quickly cut off,” Racki said.

The Los Rios police department highly recommends that people who ride bicycles to school also register their bikes and use a metal U-lock to secure their bikes.

“Students should stop using cable and chain locks,” said Olson. “We have never had a bike stolen that uses a metal U-lock. They are always cables or chains, which are easily cut.”

According to Racki, most students find themselves as victims of theft when they leave their property unattended—most commonly in the Learning Resource Center, cafeteria and computer labs. However, thefts can occur anywhere on campus.

According to Racki, students should refrain from bringing valuables to campus that aren’t needed, and if they need to bring valuables, then never leave them unattended. Cars should always be left with windows rolled up and doors locked.

Suspicious behavior should be immediately reported to campus police, Racki said.

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