A program first introduced years ago is back in effect in Pitt County.
Although Operation Identification never went anywhere, Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning says he wants to get the word out about the program and make people more aware of it.
The goal of the program is to aide officials as they try and recover some of your stolen property.
Here's how it works. First, you call the Pitt County crime prevention program and have a Sheriff's Deputy come to your home and engrave your license number on your high theft items.
Sheriff Manning says this is crucial in helping to recover your valuables.
High theft items include flat screen TVs, lap top computers, and DVD players. Other items include audio/stereo equipment, firearms, Ipods, and game stations.
"Pitt County is witnessing an upward trend in theft and burglary. This increase in property crimes is likely attributable to the current economic climate and unemployment", says a statement released Saturday by the sheriff's office.
If you would like to have a deputy come to your home and engrave your high theft items you can call 252-902-2727. This is a free service.