How to Report a Threat to the Police
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Your personal safety and the safety of your family members are important. That is why you should file a police report if you receive a threat.
Even if you are not certain that the person who threatened you would actually do you harm, you should file a report with the police to have the incident on record in case something does happen. How you file a police report regarding a threat depends on where you live, though the basic concept of filing a report is the same everywhere.
- Your personal safety and the safety of your family members are important.
- That is why you should file a police report if you receive a threat.
Go to your local police department and obtain a police report form from the desk sergeant on duty. This form allows you to provide complete information regarding yourself, the accused and the threat that occurred.
Enter the required information on the police report form. It is helpful if you know the exact date of the threat as well as the full name, address and contact information of the accused.
Give the form to the desk sergeant and wait while he gives your report a case number. Keep the case number for your records.
- Some police stations allow you to go to their website and file a police report. Others allow you to call the police department and file a report over the phone regarding the threat you received.
- If the threat you received results in harm to you, your family or your property and you need to file a lawsuit or obtain a restraining order, having a police report on file regarding the original threat adds credibility and weight to your case.
Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.