Another Student Reunites with Laptop Thanks to “Operation ID”

School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Student John Burnett is a happy man after receiving word that his laptop was recovered six months after its loss during the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Burnett was part of a group of SIPA students undertaking a research project on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. He had literally just reached the U.N. headquarters' parking lot when the earthquake struck. Burnett had left his laptop, along with his personal belongings, at his hotel that morning.

Fortunately, Burnett had registered his laptop with Columbia University Public Safety's Operation ID /New York Police Department Blue Light program prior to the incident. Through the program, unique Police ID numbers are engraved onto properties, making them traceable to their owner, as was Burnett's case. Six months after his loss, Burnett was notified that Public Safety had recovered his laptop. He credits the NYPD / Public Safety Operation ID program for aiding in this recovery, joining the increasing number of students with similar successes. 

If you'd like to participate in Operation ID, please call Public Safety at (212) 854-8513.

--Photo above:  From left, Public Safety Lieutenant Daniel Ayala and SIPA student John Burnett.