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What Is A Police Report & What Happens When You File?

If you become the victim of a burglary, one of the first things that you should do is file a police report.


What Is A Police Report?

A police report, simply put, is a document drafted when a crime is reported to the police. Reports commonly include the names of the victim and perpetrator, type of offence, potential witnesses,  etc.

How Can I File A Police Report?

Traditionally, police reports are created in-person at your local station, but they’ve since expanded to include the option to file online in certain instances. Make sure to carefully read through your city’s requirements for an online filing to make sure it’s the right move for you.


What Happens After I File A Police Report?

After filing a police report, you have the option of requesting a personal copy (which might cost a fee), there will be witness interviews, and you should be given appropriate contact information in order to keep track of the case’s progress.

It’s an unfortunate fact that approximately 40% of property crimes go unreported. Don’t let yourself fall into this statistic, and file a police report if you become the victim of a property (or any other) crime. One of the best ways to increase your chances of nabbing your burglar is to arm yourself with a home security system.