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TRESPASSING


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

What is Trespassing?

Trespassing is where any person, without legal cause or good excuse, enters into the dwelling house, place of business, or on the premises of another person after having been warned not to do so, or any person who refuses to leave immediately after being ordered or requested to do so.

Examples of Unlawful Communications

  • A person comes on your property and refused to leave after being told to do so.

  • A person goes into a convenience store where they had previously been told they could not come back.


When to not use the online report

Do not use the online reporting system for Trespassing if the person is still at the location. Please call (803) 252-2911 and have an officer respond to you.

If you feel your incident fits in the Trespassing 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 trespassing report:

"On April 18,2012, subject was advised that he was not allowed to come back on the property of the incident location. On August 13, 2012, at 5:45pm, subject returned to the location. There are also signs posted on all 4 sides of the incident location which state NO TRESPASSING."


 
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