Two D.C. elementary school students will soon be pedaling off in style, thanks to their success in encouraging their neighbors to adopt a basic anti-theft measure.
Tracey Brown and Sean Kornegay will receive new 10-speed bicycles for enrolling the most families and friends in the D.C. Police Department's "Operation Identification" program.
Under Operation Identification, the owner's social security number is inscribed on valuable possessions. If the items are stolen and later recovered, police are quickly able to match them with their owners. And because the marks make stolen items harder to dispose of, burglars may leave such valuables behind.
Three months ago, the police department recruited elementary students from seven D.C. schools in a pilot Junior Operation Identification program. The students enrolled more than 1,000 homes in Northeast and Southeast Washington in the programs.
Tracey, a sixth-grader at Miner Elementary School, signed up 103 homes. Sean, a sixth-grader at Van Ness Elementary School, enrolled 65 homes.
The pilot Junior Operation Identification Program was such a success that D.C. police officials plan to make it a city-wide program.
The bicycles given as prizes were donated by Michael K. Lewis Enterprises Inc., an area investment firm. Tracey and Sean will receive them in ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Gibbs Elementary School, 19th and D streets NE.