Criminal threats are a serious crime and should be considered as such. They are often also known as terrorist threats.
Criminal threats refer to a situation when a person intentionally makes a threat of violence or indicates an intention to hurt, injure or kill someone. The threat can be made in person, or over the phone or electronically. It can be aimed toward a person, a group of people, a public place, a building or on a form of transportation.
Criminal threats can cause a great deal of terror. Most suspects who make such threats are assumed to have the capability and the ability to carry out those threats.
People can sometimes me unsure of what exactly qualifies as a criminal threat. Consider the example of a neighbor who is often bad tempered, has previously been arrested for fighting and is known to own several guns. If you get into a serious argument with him and he threatens to kill you will his rifle, you should take that as a criminal threat. That is because you are aware that your neighbor owns guns; you are aware of his temper. Such a person has the capability and the ability to carry out his threat.
If you are in a situation where someone has made a criminal threat to you, you can go to the nearest police station, tell them what happened and find out your options. If you are in immediate danger, you should call 9-1-1. You have the right to inform the police and ask them to conduct an investigation and take a report of the incident in question. In addition, if a criminal threat has been made to you, you can file a report online, over the phone or in person. If there is sufficient cause for concern, the Police may decide to send a patrol car to your location to take a report.
Keep in mind that when you intend to file a police report, you should have proper identification. You also need to give the police a full account of what has transpired, any information you might have about the suspect as well as information about witnesses (if any) who had seen or heard you being threatened. These measures will enable the police to protect you more effectively.
It is important to file a police report in case of a criminal threat. That is because if your life is in danger, you have the right to protect yourself and to have the person arrested. Also, this way the police will be aware of the situation and the person can be held responsible for any damages or injuries that may occur. Filing a police report is also useful as it helps the Police track down crime.
The process of filing a police report can be quite detailed. They will need your account of the situation, statement of any witnesses, any available evidence such as letters, emails, messages, voice mails etc. that demonstrate that a threat has been made. Once you have filed a report, you will get a case number or a receipt as well as a copy of the report for your record.