2010-02-26 / Community

NYPD TD 23 Offering Free Etching

The New York Police Department’s 23rd Transit District will be offering free etching of cell phones, iPods, cameras and any other portable electronic that can be vulnerable to theft at two separate locations next week.

The police etch an invisible ID number on the individual’s electronic device for identification purposes. In the event the device is stolen, then recovered, it will be returned to its rightful owner through the etching ID. The service is free of charge and only takes a few minutes. The police urge students and adults to take advantage of the program.

The first site where the program will be offered is at 105-00 Shorefront Parkway inside the Dayton Towers community room on March 2, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The following day, March 3, TD 23 police will be at 7800 Shorefront Parkway, also inside the building’s community room from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The New York City Police Department began etching ID numbers on iPods, PSPs, cell phones, Blackberrys and other handheld devices, in 2006 and has helped recover hundreds of stolen items since the program’s inception. Serial numbers could also be recorded as an extra backup in the event thieves figure out a way to remove the ID tags.

The NYPD also etches ID numbers on vehicles as well. Anyone interested in etching their device, but cannot make the dates offered, can go to Transit District 23 headquarters outside the Beach 116 Street train stop and inquire about additional dates and times.

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