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BREACH OF TRUST


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

What is Breach of Trust?

Breach of Trust is when an individual is willfull entrusted with an item, but fails to return the item within the period allowed, or use it for the purpose other than intended.

Examples of Unlawful Communications

  • A neighbor borrows your lawn mower, but never returns it.

  • You give your brother $100 to pay your phone bill, but he uses it to buy groceries for himself.



When to not use the online report

Do not use the online reporting system for Breach of Trust if the item is a motor vehicle, or the value is over $2000. Please call (803) 252-2911 and have an officer respond to you.

If you feel your incident fits in the Breach of Trust 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 a breach of trust report:

"Between the listed dates and times, complainant loaned suspect, John Smith, his Snapper push lawn mower. On July 18, 2012, complaintant spoke to subject and request he return his lawn mower, which subject stated he would. As of August 13, 2012, subject has failed to return the lawn mower and will not longer return phone calls."


Please complete the Person section and include information about the suspect.

 
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