There are several ways to protect your property from theft. Even if a theft does occur, you can still impact other crimes, and possibly get your property returned to you by following a few simple steps:
If you don't have a driver's license, obtain an Oregon ID card from the Department of Motor Vehicles and engrave your property as follows:
Ideally, engrave your property in two locations: one obvious, and one hidden. Engrave on solid components, not those that are easily replaced.
When unmarked stolen articles are taken into custody, they cannot be traced and returned to you, and may be disposed of through auctions, or even returned to the thief on demand!
Engraved property is more difficult to fence. As a stolen item, its market value is low anyway, but marking the property can reduce its value another 90%!
Well-marked property is easy to trace back to a legitimate owner; unmarked property is not.
For delicate electronic items, where you are concerned that a vibrating engraver will damage circuitry, you may choose to use a diamond or carbide tipped engraver.
Photograph items that cannot be engraved -- antiques, jewelry (next to a ruler, to show size), artwork -- and keep the photos in a safe place with your written records, such as in a safe deposit box. Videotaping your property is another option. Expensive cameras may lose significant resale value if engraved.
If you want to sell your engraved property, draw a single line through the number and suggest that the new owner engrave their number next to it. If the original number is obliterated we can assume the property is stolen, and confiscate it!
If you move out of state, your marking should still be effective. Just make sure the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles has your forwarding address.