What to do if a co-worker slashed my tires at work?

I’m pretty sure someone that I work with slashed my tire because he’s mad at me. I have a video of him kneeling down beside my car, where I lose sight of him, but then see him walking away from my car as he pockets a knife. Minutes later I walk out and see that my tire is totally flat. Is there anything I can do?

Asked on September 7, 2012 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

1) You can report him to the police and look to press charges--the deliberate destruction of another's property is a crime.

2) You can try to sue him, including potentially in small claims court, for the cost to replace your tires; you would have to be able to show that it is more likely than not (by a preponderance of the evidence) that he caused the damage, and you could use testimony as well as the video.

3) Inform your workplace: once they are aware that this employee poses a threat to you or your property, if they do not take steps to prevent future attacks, your employer could be liable for any losses or damage.


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