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MALICIOUS INJURY TO PERSONAL PROPERTY


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

What is Malicious Injury To Personal Property?

Mailcious Injury to Personal Property is is willful and malicious damaging of the personal property, goods, or chattels of another.

What is the difference between Malicious Injury To Personal Property and Malicious Injury to Real Property?

This can best be described as fixed property vs moveable property. Personal property would be considered property that you can easily move around, such as your car, television, or furniture. Real property would be considered property that is fixed, such as your house, a tree in your yard, or a fence.

Examples of Malicious Injury to Personal Property

  • A person throws an object into your TV screen, causing it to break.

  • An ex-girlfriend spray paints words on your car.


When to not use the online report

Do not use the online reporting system for Malicious Injury to Personal Property if the property that was damaged is a fixed property, such as a house, fence, or tree. If it is a fixed object, then complete the Malicious Injury to Real Property report.

If you feel your incident fits in the Malicious Injury to Personal 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 malicious injury to personal property report:

"Between the listed date and times, an unknown person(s) used black spray paint to paint a large smilie face on the front, driver's side door of listed vehicle. Approximately 6 white male teenagers, between the ages of 13 and 15 were seen walking in the area approximately an hour before this occurred."


 
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