2. If the vehicle is being impounded for evidentiary purposes in
connection with the investigation of a criminal offense, the inventory will be
done after such investigation is completed.
2. Assist in the prevention of theft of property;
3. Locate toxic, flammable or explosive substances; or
4. Reduce the danger to persons and property.
C. Inventories of impounded vehicles will be conducted according to the
1. An inventory of personal property and the contents of open
containers will be conducted throughout the passenger and engine compartments
of the vehicle including, but not limited to, accessible areas under or within
the dashboard area, in any pockets in the doors or in the back of the front
seat, in any console between the seats, under any floor mats and under the
2. In addition to the passenger and engine compartments as described
above, an inventory of personal property and the contents of open containers
will also be conducted in the following locations:
a. Any other type of unlocked compartments that are a part of the
vehicle including, but not limited to, unlocked vehicle trunks and unlocked
car- top containers; and
b. Any locked compartments including, but not limited to, locked
vehicle trunks, locked hatchbacks and locked car-top containers, if either
the keys are available to be released with the vehicle to the third-party
towing company or an unlocking mechanism for such compartment is available
within the vehicle.
3. Unless otherwise provided in this Chapter, closed containers
located either within the vehicle or any of the vehicle’s compartments will
not be opened for inventory purposes.
4. Upon completion of the inventory, the police officer will complete a
report as directed by the Chief of such officer’s department.
5. Any valuables located during the inventory process will be listed on
a property receipt. A copy of the property receipt will either be left in the
vehicle or tendered to the person in control of the vehicle if such person is
present. The valuables will be dealt with in such manner as directed by the
Chief of the police officer’s department.