When someone maliciously destructs your property, whether it’s your home, your vehicle or other items belonging to you, it should be immediately reported to the police. In most cases a police report is filed when you call the police to report the crime. However, if you choose not to call the police at the time of the incident, or you are not made aware of the incident until a later date, you can still file a police report.
Go to the police department in the city or county where the destruction of your property occurred. Tell the desk sergeant you are there to file a police report and allow him to direct you to the correct location in the department.
Provide your name, address and contact information to the police officer filing your police report. The officer will ask a number of questions regarding the incident that you must answer. Providing as much detail as possible for the police report helps the police solve the crime and obtain justice for you. Specifics like the date of the incident, the items damaged in the incident, the names of anyone you suspect of being involved in the incident and the location of the incident are required information.
Sign the police report and ask for the report number. If you decide to obtain a copy of the police report from the records office of your chosen police department you will need the report number. To obtain a copy of your police report at a later date, contact the police department's records office with the report number and other information located on the report. A small fee may apply, depending on the policy of the police department.
Tips & Warnings
- Malicious destruction of property is the intentional destruction of someone’s personal property. Personal property includes your home, lawn, vehicle and all other belongings. An example of malicious destruction of property is the act of keying someone’s car, applying graffiti to someone’s house or lawn and breaking someone’s belongings on purpose.
- If the police investigation determines there is probable cause to file charges against the suspect, there will be a court hearing; you may have to appear at the court hearing if the judge feels your presence is warranted. Once charges are filed by the police, the crime is now a matter of the court.
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