SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Law enforcement in a southeast Missouri town say people making false police reports is more common than you’d think.
Lieutenant Jon Broom of Sikeston DPS said people call in false reports for things like insurance fraud, revenge or to seek attention.
He said they take any report of a crime serious and spend a lot of time and manpower investigating.
“We also want them to know we are going to investigate any reports that we get and if we do determine that the crime or the report that they are making is false then we will make sure that they get prosecuted for that,” said Lt. Broom.
Broom said you can be criminally prosecuted for filing a false police report.
In Missouri, filing a false report is a misdemeanor and in Illinois it is a felony.