Last year, we wrote an article regarding crime terminology; and we feel that we need to revisit this topic, as the way you report a crime, is how the security provider/Police respond.
Firstly, crime is split up into two brackets; contact related crime, and property related crime.
Crime is divided into these two categories as per the table below:
CONTACT RELATED CRIME
PROPERTY RELATED CRIME
Theft of motor vehicle
Theft out of motor vehicle
Theft from motor vehicle
Malicious Damage to Property
Robbery with a firearm
Robbery with instrument other than a firearm
As you can see from the above table, should you report that you have just been robbed; authorities will immediately presume a victim has been harmed, and the suspects potentially armed.
In most cases of contact related crime, the victim will remember the identity of the suspect and will probably be able to identify the suspect should an arrest be made.
Contact related crimes are also generally reported very soon after the event, meaning that the suspects could still be in the vicinity. Property related crimes happen without the victim knowing, and therefore are most likely to have a bigger time frame that the crime occurred.
Please use the correct words when reporting a crime; resources are dispatched according to the specification the resident relays.
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