I came back from class a few days ago to find someone parked literally 8 inches away from the passenger side of my car. I left a note telling the person to be more considerate.
This morning I was called into our public safety office where an "investigator" proceeded to interrogate me for an hour because this girl apparently came back to her car to find a large key gash in the side of her vehicle (drivers side door). I described what had happened, and the investigator was pressing me to admit I keyed her car, because they apparently have security footage. My question is, do you think they are making up the security camera to get me to confess to something I didn't do? He was asking me questions about what happened that you could have obviously seen on video.
You cannot guess at anyone's intentions. You never have an obligation to speak to anyone or admit to anything. If there is footage, there is footage. They may call the cops in which case you would be entitled to an attorney and to still not speak to anyone, your attorney would do it. The driver may submit an insurance claim in which case your insurance can deal with it. Unless your public safety officer has you under arrest, you are free to go and you should go. They have your information for contacting you if they want to proceed with an investigation.
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Are you a high school student? The police make a lot of things up! A lot! Give me a call, I would be glad to go into detail about everything. Main thing you should know is, don't say a word. If they don't have security footage, all they have is circumstantial evidence at best.
Videos are not usually that clear anyway. Most security systems are old and are not good. Other systems only capture partial glimpses of what may appear to be someone keying a car. The bottom line is that the other posters have given good advise. Telling you that they have a video is usually BS...but you wouldn't ever really know unless the issue where litigated in court. You need to not speak to anyone, police, security, who ever. Ask for an attorney if you are being interrogated by the police.
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