inventory search

Definition of "inventory search"
  1. A type of search conducted without a warrant, usually for a seized vehicle, with the aim of safeguarding any personal property inside it to avert loss and potential claims against the police due to such loss
How to use "inventory search" in a sentence
  1. After the car was towed, the police conducted an inventory search to document any personal items left inside.
  2. An inventory search was carried out to protect the police department from claims of lost property.
  3. The police department policy requires an inventory search whenever a vehicle is impounded for any reason.

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