Criminal Threats: How to File a Police Report

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Definition of Criminal Threats

Criminal threats, also known as, terrorist threats are an extremely serious crime. 

The meaning of criminal threats is when a person intentionally makes a threat of violence or threatens to hurt, injure or kill others.

The threat can be made in person, in writing, over the phone or electronically aimed at a person, a group of people, building, any transportation or public place. 

Criminal threats cause fear or terror and there is a belief the suspect has the capability and the ability to actually carry out the threat. 

For example: you go hunting with a neighbor all the time.  You know your neighbor has a bad temper and gets arrested all the time for fighting.  You also know your neighbor owns several guns.

Another day you get into a serious argument with your neighbor and during the argument he threatens you by telling you that he is going to get his rifle and come kill you.   This is a classic example of criminal threats because, you know your neighbor owns guns and has the capability of carrying out the threat and because of his temper you fear he could actually follow through with his threat and kill you.    

How to file the Police report

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or go into your nearest Police station for help.

You are a victim in the jurisdiction where the criminal threats occurred.  You can call the local Police department of the area and advise them of what happened to you, and then find out what reporting options are available to you.

As a victim you can go to the Police station in person or have the Police respond to your location to conduct the investigation and take a report.  

If the criminal threats are after the fact, you may be able to file the report on-line, over the phone or in person by going to the Police station.  Some Police departments may send a Patrol car to your location to take a report.    

What you need to file the report

You will need proper identification to start the report.  You will need to provide the Police with a full and complete account of the incident and any information on the suspect and witness information.

Why file a report

You are filing a criminal threats report for several reasons.  First, if someone has threatened to hurt you injure you or kill you for no reason then it is your choice to have that person arrested, answer in a court of law for what they did and be responsible for any damages or injuries to you.

Filing Police reports also help the Police track where crime is occurring so they can put more Police resources in the areas where crime is highest. 


Filing this Police report is a detailed process.   The Police will fill out a report from your account of the situation and any witness statements and collect any evidence such as letters, emails or voice mails of the threat.  

Once you have filed a report, make sure, that you always get your Police report case number and either a receipt that you filed a report or an actual copy of the report for your records.  

Article also posted on Associated Content by Scott Hallock


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