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Holiday Grinches May Be Targeting Your Packages


A continuación se presenta una versión en español de este comunicado.

It’s that time again. There are a people running around Mountain View trying to ruin the holidays by stealing your packages! Help us catch these Holiday Grinches by taking a few precautions when you ship a package to either yourself or someone else.


  • These Grinches operate during the day not just under the cover of the night
  • They tend to follow delivery vehicles
  • Sometimes they work in pairs (one drives, the other is the runner)
  • It doesn’t matter where you live Holiday Grinches know no boundaries


  • Require a signature upon delivery
  • Sign-up for delivery updates on-line by tracking the location of your packages
  • Have your packages delivered to a trusted neighbor
  • Arrange for the package to be shipped to a location, like your workplace, trusted neighbor, friend or similar
  • If you use a local package business, ask if your packages can be sent there
  • Have the delivery company hold your package so you can pick it up at their local facility


  • It never hurts to report stolen packages, which you can do easily on-line
  • Report the stolen package to the correct shipping company:

CSO Hardie fields calls about recent package thefts.


  • Holiday Grinches may travel in pairs or packs, but you live in a neighborhood with more eyes and ears. Talk to your neighbors about keeping an eye out for unusual activity.
  • “See something, say something.” Report any suspicious activity right away by calling our non-emergency number at 650-903-6395.
  • If you have the ability to take a photo or quick video, this will also help us to better identify possible suspects. You can send these to us at police@mountainview.gov and reference your case number if you have one.
  • Write down descriptions of suspicious individuals and/or vehicles, like clothing, vehicle make and model, as well as license plate.
  • You can send us an anonymous text at 274637. Be sure to include “mvtips” in the body of your message.

HardieCommunity Services Officer Hardie handles inquiries, like package thefts, that are reported on-line. CSO Hardie began her career in October of 2008. When she’s isn’t taking calls and reports, CSO Hardie spends her time camping, bow hunting, riding her bicycle and spending time with her family.

Es esa temporada del ano. Hay gente corriendo en Mountain View tratando de arruinar las fiestas con el robo de sus paquetes! Ayúdanos a atrapar a estos Grinches de Vacaciones tomando algunas precauciones cuando envíes un paquete a tu mismo o a otra persona.


  • Estos Grinches operan durante el día
  • Ellos tienden a seguir los vehículos de reparto
  • A veces trabajan en pares (uno conduce, el otro es el corredor)
  • No importa donde usted vive Grinches de Vacaciones no conocen fronteras


  • Exigir una firma a la entrega
  • Inscríbase para recibir actualizaciones de transmisión en línea mediante para el seguimiento de la ubicación de los paquetes
  • Haga que sus paquetes sean entregados a un vecino de confianza
  • Haga arreglos para que el paquete sea enviado a un lugar, al igual que su lugar de trabajo, vecino de confianza, amigo o similar
  • Si utiliza un negocio local de paquetes , pregunte si sus paquetes pueden ser enviados allí
  • Tener la compañía de entrega le mantenga su paquete para que pueda recogerlo en sus instalaciones locales


  • Siempre reporte los paquetes robados , se puede hacer fácilmente en línea
  • Reporte el paquete robado a la empresa de envío correcta


  • Grinches de vacaciones pueden viajar en parejas o en grupos , pero usted vive en un barrio con más ojos y oídos. Hable con sus vecinos acerca de mantener un ojo hacia fuera para actividad inusual.
  • “¿Ves algo, diga algo.” Reporte cualquier actividad sospechosa inmediatamente llamando a nuestro número de no-emergencia al 650-903-6395.
  • Si usted tiene la capacidad de tomar una foto o un video rápido, esto también nos ayudará a identificar mejor los posibles sospechosos. Puede enviarlas las fotos a police@mountainview.gov y referencia a su número de caso, si lo tiene.
  • Anote descripciones de personas y/o vehículos sospechosos, como la ropa, la marca y el modelo del vehículo, y la placa de matrícula.
  • Recuerde, usted siempre puede enviar un texto anónimo al 274637. Asegúrese de incluir “mvtips” en el cuerpo del mensaje.

5 comments on “Holiday Grinches May Be Targeting Your Packages

  1. Mihaela Diaconescu

    I am wondering if USPS workers are aware of this. I think they should bring the packages near the door, as close as they can. They don’t do this and drop the parcel near the mail box, or in top of it, Any person, even is not so “skilled” in stilling could take it without problems.

    • Mountain View PD

      Hi Mihaela — Thank you for the comment! This is definitely a good tactic for deliver persons to use. Unfortunately, this still doesn’t deter those who are following them through neighborhoods taking packages.

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