Purchasing skis or a snowboard is a significant investment that no one wants to lose. Unfortunately, the racks outside a base lodge or forests of skis stuck in the snow can offer a tempting target for thieves in snow country.

The Park City Police Department wants to thwart their activities through its equipment registry program. For the last five years, the department has offered free registration and decals with a unique registry or serial number linked to the police station. If stolen, the number can be tracked through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in order to identify equipment if located.

Most equipment has a manufacturer's serial number, which can be used in the registry. If no serial number is visible, the equipment owner supplies a number to be input into the registry. A decal displays the serial number, the equipment registry label, and the phone number for the Park City Police Department.

Police sergeant Bill Morris, who oversees the program, reports that about 2,000 skis and snowboards have been registered with his department in the last five years, and none of them have been reported stolen or lost.

"We consider that an indication of success," Morris told the Park Record.

Register online (use link below), click on "I want to ..." list at top and select "Register my Skis/Snowboard Equipment." Sgt. Morris can be contacted at (801) 615-5538 or at bill.morris@parkcity.org.

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