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AUTO TAMPERING


This page will explain to you what Auto Tampering is, and will help you determine if you should use our online reporting system to file a report.

What is Auto Tampering?

Auto Tampering is where a person, without right to do so and with the criminal intent, damages a vehicle or any of its parts or components.

Examples of Auto Tampering

  • A person breaks the hood ornament off of your vehicle.

  • A person turns your side view mirrors.


When to not use the online report

Do not use the online reporting system for Auto Tampering there has been anything stolen from your vehicle. You will need to complete a report for Auto Breaking.

If you feel your incident fits in the Auto Tampering category, please use the follow tips when completing your report:

When filling out the incident report, there will be a number of information fields and options. Only fields marked with a * are required; however, the other fields may help us if we need to contact you.

What to write in the Incident Description section

When completing the incident description section, remember that the keys to a good description are accuracy and brevity. Include what happened, where it happened, when it happened, how it happened, and who did it (if applicable). Do not include opinions or information that is not related to the incident. Below is an example of how an incident description should be written for an auto tampering report:

"Between the listed dates and times, unknown person(s) moved the side mirros, and put a potato in the exhaust pipe of listed vehicle, which was parked at the incident location."


 
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