Being a victim of crime is a stressful and traumatic event. Often, police officers and court officials take for granted that you may not know how the criminal justice system works and what to expect. It is your right, and our responsibility to you as a victim, to have the process explained to you and to have your questions answered.
Below are links to resources for you to gain a better understanding of your rights. If, at any time, you are unclear about your rights or the status of your case, please do not hesitate to call 321-COPS and ask to speak to the investigator, a supervisor or the Chief of Police.
If you are the
victim of identity theft or fraud please get and keep all papers, receipts,
cancelled checks, mail from companies, etc. related to this crime.
We may contact you to get these items if needed and you should keep copies for
There are some groups you should get
in touch with if you are the victim of identity theft or fraud, some will ask
for the report number you get at the end of this online police report process.
Federal Trade Commission
of Motor Vehicles
- Protect your social security number and only give it
out when required by law.
- No bank, auction site or other business should send you
an email asking you to enter credit card information, passwords, social
security numbers or other personal information. Often these fake emails
will contain links to pages that look real but are not. If you suspect you
are being directed to a fake site please go to the actual home web site of
the company and inform them of what has happened.
- Avoid mail theft by obtaining a locked mailbox and
dropping off outgoing mail at the local post office or postal mailbox.
- Do not give out your personal information or credit
card number over the phone unless you initiated the call.
Shred credit card offers and bank statements
before you throw them away if you do not plan on using them