This article gives a brief definition of “Vandalism” and explains how and why you should file a Police report if you are a victim.
Definition of Vandalism
Vandalism is the intentional and illegal defacing, damaging or destroying of another person’s property.
A person commits, misdemeanor vandalism, when they intentionally deface damage or destroy another person’s property and the vandalism caused less than $400.00 dollars damage.
A person commits, felony vandalism, when they intentionally deface damage or destroy another person’s property and the vandalism caused more than $400.00 dollars damage or the property is a Church, synagogue or place of worship.
How to file the Police report
If you are a victim of vandalism and want to file a Police report then contact the Police department in the jurisdiction, where the vandalism took place and find out what reporting options are available to you.
You may be able to file the report on-line, over the phone or in person by going to the Police station. Some Police departments may send a Patrol car to your location to take a report.
What you need to file the report
You will need proper identification to start the report, a complete and full description of the property and its value. You may provide any pictures and estimation of how much it will cost to repair the damage.
If you have any suspect information then provide the Police with as much information as you can full description of the suspect, name, date of birth, address and phone number.
Why file a report
You are filing a vandalism report for several reasons. First, a suspect could be caught, although it is rare to catch vandals, and they can be accountable for repairing or paying for damages.
Filing Police reports also help the Police track where crime is occurring so they can put more Police resources in the areas where crime is highest.
You also file a Police report for insurance reasons. Your home or renters insurance may cover the damages.
Filing a Police report can also be a write off at the end of the year on your income tax. Ask your taxman if you qualify.
Filing a vandalism report with the Police is a very simple process. Make sure, once you file a Police report that you always get your Police report case number and either a receipt that you filed a report or an actual copy of the report for your records.
Article also posted on Triond by Scott Hallock