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LOST PROPERTY


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

What is Lost Property?

Lost Property is any property that is missing, not as a result of a criminal act.

Examples of Lost Property

  • A woman leaves her purse in a restaurant.

  • The license plate for your vehicle falls off while you are driving.


When to not use the online report

Do not use the online reporting system for Lost Property if you know the item is missing as a result of a criminal act. If the item is missing due to a criminal act and is valued less than $2000, please complete the Petit Larceny report. If the item is valued at more than $2000 and is missing as a result of a criminal act, please call (803) 252-2911 and have an officer respond.

If you feel your incident fits in the Lost Property 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 lost property report:

"Between the listed date and time, the South Carolina license plate ABC123, which was on my vehicle, came off at an unknown location. All bolts that were securing it were missing."

If your lose an item, such as a cell phone, contact your cell phone provider immediately so they can prevent your phone from being used, resulting in any additional charges to yourself. If you lose your license plate, once you have obtained a copy of your incident report, take a copy of the report to your local Department of Motor Vehicles, so they can indicate in their system that your license plate has been lost, as well as issue you a new plate.

 
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