How to File a Police Report for a Stolen Package
Since shopping online has seen a drastic increase in home deliveries, the frequency of stolen packages is also on the rise. Though you could have had a package stolen from your car or business, porch pirates are ravishing neighborhoods and subdivisions. If your package is stolen, what should you do?
Experts recommend that you start by right away. Other common stolen items that you can report include:
The sooner you file a report, the quicker the thief can be found. Though stealing packages tends to be a crime of opportunity, thieves tend to concentrate their efforts in certain areas. The chances that they can be apprehended because you or one of your neighbors has surveillance video, is much greater if you act quickly. DoNotPay can help you easily and quickly so your odds of retrieving your merchandise is greater.
What Types of Police Reports Can Be Filed Online?
Of course, it depends on your location, but most police departments have online filing available for:
|Lost property||Something you lost in a public place.|
|Petty larceny||Theft of property valued at less than $1,000|
|Graffiti||Drawing, lettering, or defacing another's personal property|
|Criminal mischief||Intentional damage to a person's property by another person|
If your package is valued above the $1,000 threshold, you will probably have to directly report the theft to the police department in person.
What Information Do I Need to File an Online Police Report for Stolen Packages?
You will need to provide all the necessary personal information such as your name, address, contact information. You will need to provide a detailed description of the contents of the stolen package. It is great if you have pictures, confirmation of delivery, and any other information that confirms that the package was indeed delivered. If you have any additional information from video surveillance or witnesses, providing that information could help with the recovery of your merchandise.
Can I File a Police Report on My Own?
Of course, you can. Make sure you file in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed. Go to the website and find the module where you file. There will be a number of questions about when the crime happened, the location of the crime, and what packages were stolen. You will need to provide all of your personal information and contact info where you can be easily reached. If the packages were valued in excess of $1000, you may need to go to file the report in person.
Retain a copy of the report. You may need it to file a claim with the shipper, the delivery company, or your insurance. Be sure that the information you provide is accurate. Filing a false report is a crime and is punishable by law.
Can DoNotPay Help if I Cannot File a Police Report on My Own?
You bet! If you are short on time or don't have a clue what to do, DoNotPay has a File Police Report product that can walk you through the entire process in just three easy steps! We make it quick and easy.
How to File a Police Report Using DoNotPay:
If you want to file a police but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps. These are:
- Search "police report" on DoNotPay and select the type of incident you would like to report.
- Tell us more about the incident that occurred, including the location, date, time, and sequence of events. Include information on financial losses, personal injuries, or property damage that happened as a result.
- List any suspects or witnesses you are aware of, verify your contact information, and submit.
That's all there is to it! DoNotPay will file the police report on your behalf. You should hear back from them with further questions or status updates within two weeks of filing your report.
Why Should I Use DoNotPay to File My Police Report?
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We take care of the details and relieve the stress of filing your report yourself.
Can DoNotPay Help With Other Kinds of Police Reports?
If you need help with other types of police reports, DoNotPay can help with that, too! For example:
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