Alta Vista Block Watch.
Welcome to the Alta Vista Block Watch !!
Our little slice of heaven consists of the one square mile area from Northern Avenue in the South to Dunlap Avenue in the North and from I-17 in the East to 35th Avenue in the West. Our Block Watch emphasizes Crime Prevention within our neighborhood as well as insuring we engage in activities designed to remove graffiti and enhance the overall appearance of our entire Community. We whole heartedly support the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol and the Cactus Park Police Precinct. This web site is funded through a City of Phoenix Neighborhood Block Watch Grant.
A Burglary Prevention Tool
What Is Operation Identification?
Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in homes and
businesses. The Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of
discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and
recovered. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results
in burglary reduction.
Operation ID Has Two Basic Components
Engrave your valuables with your driver’s license number (or any number that is of importance to you) so your
property can be easily traced and identified as yours. Please note—if your driver’s license number is your
Social Security Number, we strongly recommend you DO NOT USE YOUR SS#:
a) Obtain a new license with a new number, or b) Obtain an Arizona State Identification Card, which has a
generic number and does not expire. Engrave as follows:
AZ####### 09 (year of expiration)
Engrave in two locations: 1) one that can easily be seen, and 2) one that cannot easily be seen.
After marking your property, make a list of your valuables, and keep a copy of the list in a safe place. If you
should become a burglary victim, you will be able to quickly describe the stolen property from the list. This will
be of great help to police in their attempts to recover stolen possessions.
Once property has been marked and a list made, display the Block Watch and Operation Identification window
sign in your front window. By advertising your participation in Operation Identification in this way, you are
announcing that your valuable property has been marked and will be difficult for a burglar to sell. Often, the
presence of the sign alone is enough to deter a burglar.
Photograph or video items and keep the photos/video in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box. Jewelry should
be photographed with an ID card and ruler next to it to show ownership and size.
Display a sign that tells would-be burglars that your property has been marked. The Block Watch window
sign includes the Operation Identification warning. These are available in English and Spanish from Alta Vista
Note: Alta Vista Block Watch has electric engravers available to mark your valuables, and information
record sheets to record your valuables. To borrow an engraver and obtain record sheets and Block
Watch window signs, send an email to AltaVistaNBW@gmail.com.