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Crime Watch to engrave personal property

The Hudson Crime Watch is sponsoring Operation Identification, the engraving of special numbers on personal property that is most often stolen.

The service is being offered to residents with the help of the Hudson Beach Citizens Crime Watch.

Any valuable property that can be carried away should be marked with the owner's Florida driver's license number, which is used as the owner's Operation Identification number. A sticker can be displayed to let burglars know that this has been done, making the items difficult to sell.

The Hudson Beach Citizens Crime Watch volunteers will make house calls with an engraving tool, marking three items for $10 and $1 for each additional item. Likely items are electronic and sports equipment, office machines and small appliances, bicycles, outboard motors and marine electronics.

Plans to start the program will be made at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hudson Senior Center, 14205 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Guests and prospective crime watch patrol volunteers are welcome. For information, contact Pat Kellogg, chairwoman, at 869-3340; or Dave Weitz, treasurer, at 863-9256.

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