Report Loitering and Trespassing
The San Jose Police Department offers police officers and property owners several tools to address trespassing and its associated problems. For private property that is off-limits to the public, the STOP Program (Stop Trespassing on Private Property) is a possible solution. Under certain circumstances, police officers can act as an agent for property owners and enforce trespass laws when the property owners are not on the property.
How Does the Program Work?
Home owners, building owners and persons in lawful possession or in charge of a property are asked to fill out and send the provided form to the Police Department. This will authorize us to take enforcement action on your private property. Many times without you or your agent actually being present.
The Police Department begins with educating violators about their actions and then provides alternate avenues for food, clothing, shelter, and other assistance. Subsequent contacts may result in citations and arrests for repeat offenders.
Steps You Can Take to Limit Crime on Your Property
Many trespassing violations are “Crimes of Opportunity”. In other words, they were committed because it was easy to do. Here are some tips to help prevent trespass related crime on your property:
- Keep exteriors and hallways well lit during hours of darkness using flood or other appropriate lighting.
- Make sure doors and windows are locked. Especially those that are out of view such as laundry rooms, basements, storage areas, and outbuildings.
- Call 311 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies if you see anything suspicious or want to report a crime to the police. (311 services are not currently available from calls originating on a cellular telephone).
- Keep your property free from blight. This will make it easier for the police to notice any unusual activity on your property.
- Never confront suspicious persons on your own. Call the police.
- Post “No Trespassing” or “Business Hours” signs on your property so there is no question about your intentions.
- If the violator leaves before the police arrive, try to remember what the person looked like. Such as: race, sex, age, height, weight, hair color, and style, clothing, items carried, direction of travel, etc.