MyPropertyID has achieved an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are registered as a commercial and government entity (CAGE 8C6M3) with the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM), and we keep a public record on file of our SAM capability statement. We are a member of the Asset Leadership Network, a Washington D.C. trade association and think tank; ASTM International Committee E53 for matériel management; and a member of the National Property Management Association, a professional association for matériel managers. We are also members of the Florida Crime Prevention Association and the California Crime Prevention Officers’ Association.


MyPropertyID is the global state of the art of a police-developed, crime-prevention strategy called Operation Identification. According to extensive research and millions in taxpayer expenditures, it cannot be called Operation ID unless:

  1. Property is marked with a universal identifier which acts as a lost & found
  2. The make, model and serial numbers are recorded in the event of a crime
  3. Warning signs are posted on doors and windows which deters criminals


MyPropertyID is a U.S. company based in Des Moines, Iowa. The business taps into the strong Midwestern values Iowans proudly represent. Nearly every contracting company is Iowa based. The conception, development, launch and ongoing operation of MyPropertyID depends on these businesses. All of the people involved contributed their hard work, dedication, integrity and thoughtfulness to this project. MyPropertyID thanks them and is proud to be a part of a great tradition. Made in the U.S.A.

About the developer

Jon Shelness is a subject-matter expert on Operation Identification. Operation ID is a Justice Department researched and FBI endorsed security system for deterring burglaries, tracing property and convicting criminals.

Operation ID consists of three steps: marking property, recording serial numbers and posting warning signs. If the three steps aren’t implemented, it’s not Operation ID.

Jon has lived in central Iowa for over 30 years, but grew up in the rural outskirts of New York City in Lewisboro, N.Y., and graduated from high school in Davis, California.

In Iowa, Jon initially worked in the printing industry, and as a photographer and writer. In later years, he worked with at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.

Taking graduate classes in criminal justice and public administration, a number of insights took him in a new direction. He became a board member of his local neighborhood association in Des Moines, began studying crime-prevention strategies, and enhanced Operation ID for the digital age by developing My Property ID Registry.

Second generation safety advocate

Jon Shelness’s mother, Annemarie Shelness, began her career as an advocate for child transportation safety in northern Westchester County, New York, in the early 1960s after watching her children board school buses that looked like third-world transportation. So concerned, she established the Northern Westchester Safety Council which quickly became a national organization called Physicians for Automotive Safety. While not a doctor herself, she saw the need to treat transportation safety as a health concern that could be solved through high quality engineering and policy changes.

While there is no single force behind societal changes, Mr. Shelness’s mother made major contributions to the field of child transportation safety. When a school bus stops at a railroad crossing to check for oncoming trains, you can thank Mr. Shelness’s mother. When a nurse accompanies the parents of a newborn child to the car to make sure the safety seat is properly installed, you can thank Mr. Shelness’s mother. As a consultant to General Motors, Ford, Mercedes Benz and Blue Bird, you can thank Mr. Shelness’s mother for her contributions to the underlying engineering of cars and buses that make them safer for small children and infants.

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