Reporting incidents on the PAPD website
Original post made by ResidentOfPaloAlto, Midtown, on Nov 17, 2007
Someone vandalized certain things in our front yard - probably sometime after 8:00pm last night. This is not the first time this has happened. I called the PAPD non-emergency number and they told me to report it using the website. He said it was "malicious mischief".
I tried to find a form for "malicious mischief" - didn't get it; got the vandalism form.. it is so complicated ! They needed victim's information - it is "Required" - I ended up putting "N/A". It just went on and on - all irrelavant information. At the end of the form, I finally found a text area where I could type in the details and the damage done (note, this was not in the property vandalism area)
In the end, I hit submit - apparently I had forgotten to put in my age (but I had my birthdate in there .. so wonder why they could not figure the age from it ! ). It showed me the "Errors" and told me to go "Back" .. all the info that I had painstakingly entered in the form had disappeared ! They did not save anything - sent me back to the original blank form and expected me to type it again.
Needless to say, I abandoned the process right there and then. I will get to it sometime later today - but I am just so upset at the waste of efforts ( needless to say that they have made such kind of reporting so difficult )
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