Being a victim of a crime could be one of the most traumatic events in our lives. Many are left speechless after being robbed, defrauded, or worse, being stabbed. Whatever the case, it is important that we are aware of the steps we should take to find justice for the crime that happened to us. It does not matter whether you are the victim or you are just a witness of the incident because you have the right and the duty to file a police incident report about what happened. Aside from calling 911, you must also be alert to find the nearest police station where the incident occurred so that you can call the police dispatching unit for backup and would leave little chance for the perpetrator to escape. In our day, however, incident reports for the police can now be made online. Either way, there are things we need to keep in mind while filling up the report. What are they?
- In the event of the crime, make sure you dial 911 or go to the nearest police precinct in the area. However, if you are badly wounded or the victim is in a critical condition, make sure to call 911 first for a medical rescue. Then, after that, you can file a police report once the victim has gained back his consciousness.
- While making the report, make sure that you will leave no details behind. Do not underestimate the power of smaller details because it might be the key to solving the case or finding the perpetrator. Fill out the form clearly and legibly and make sure you provide your contact information. Present any documents or certificates that are necessary for the report. When being interviewed, do not be intimidated to retell the whole story and always remember the order of events and provide details like color, size or any special features of the persons involved. Be consistent with your report. If you keep on changing the facts or if you are not so sure about what you are saying, the police would not believe you.
- Present any legal documents or any ID that support your authenticity. Make sure to provide a valid ID that has been issued by the government but if you have none, make sure to bring certificates or persons that might vouch for your identity.
- Read very well the report that you have made before submitting it to the officer to make sure there are no errors or inconsistency in your statement. Ask for a personal copy of the report, so you keep it as your file and for future references. Call the police if you want a follow up about your case.
It is very important that you file a police incident report after you have been a victim of a crime. This can protect you and help prevent the same crime from happening again. This can also make others aware of what is happening around the neighborhood. So at the event of any crime, gather your composure if possible and take the courage to file a police incident report.