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Reporting Theft / Larceny

You may be able to report some types of theft using the online police reporting system. With the online reporting system you will be able to report the incident without waiting, and print a copy of the report for free.

Please be prepared to list a detailed description of each item that was stolen on the online crime report form. You will be asked for a physical description of each item, make, model and serial number, and any other detailed descriptive information.

NOTE:

BURGLARIES CANNOT BE REPORTED USING THE ONLINE REPORTING SYSTEM.

IF THE THEFT YOU ARE REPORTING INCLUDED SOME FORM OF FORCIBLE ENTRY, UNLAWFUL ENTRY OR ATTEMPTED FORCIBLE ENTRY INTO A STRUCTURE, THEN THIS SHOULD BE REPORTED AS A BURGLARY. YOU CANNOT USE THE ONLINE CRIME REPORT FORM.

TO REPORT A BURGLARY OR A ROBBERY, CALL (408) 277-8900 OR VISIT THE POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT 201 W. MISSION ST., SAN JOSE, CA 95110

The following examples are provided to help you understand what is a theft, burglary and robbery. These examples are provided as an aid to help you understand whether you can use the San Jose Police Department online crime report process.

THEFT / LARCENY - Simple example: Someone takes your property without your consent and where the theft did not involve breaking into your house or dwelling and threatening you. If the perpetrator did unlawfully enter a structure, then it would be considered a burglary.

If someone breaks into your car and steals your property, that is considered larceny, and may be reported online as "Theft from a Vehicle".

BURGLARY - Simple example: Someone breaks in to your house with or without force, and steals your belongings. Applies to thefts from buildings but not from cars.

ROBBERY - Simple example: Someone threatens you face-to-face and takes or attempts to take your property. In this example the robbery is different from theft in that force or fear is involved in the form of either threats, violence or intimidation of the victim.

 


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