Part of Lesson Plan: 2. Report Writing: Property Sheets
Activity Overview / Details
1) Pass out the following three (3) handouts to the students: (See attached below.)
- Property/Evidence Sheets (The actual form the students will fill out.)
- Property Table Information (Used to fill in the information boxes numerically on the property sheet.)
- Property/Evidence Sample Sheet (Has three (3) specific types of property or evidence listed to be used as the props to fill in the property sheet: bicycle, gun, and fingerprint.)
2) Discuss and describe the property sheets and the property table with the students.
The property sheets are used for describing stolen/recovered property, missing property, or lost/found property, as well as listing any type of evidence found at a crime scene. The property sheet also shows the location of the theft/crime/found property.
The property table form is used to identify types of property by using a numeric system designed by the California Department of Justice. Basically, the officer is taking a piece of property and assigning a number based on it's descriptive properties. These descriptive numbers are uploaded into a main data system at D.O.J. (Department of Justice) which is compiled for annual statistics and crime trends. From the data D.O.J. gathers, they are also able to track types of property, merchandise, and evidence.
- There is room for three (3) items of property or evidence per sheet.
- The teacher will verbally read off each box and give a description of what type of information will need to be provided.
- Box 110, 120, 130, & 540 are all associated with the "Property Table" page. The student must find the item on the property table and identify the corresponding number to that item and place that number in the matching box on the property sheet page. (See Key for further information)
- Example: The item is bronze in color. For box # 130 (color) on the property sheet go to the property table handout and look under table #130. The color bronze would be the number "8". So the number "8" would be written into property sheet box 130.
- See Teacher KEY for further information and visual aid.