Mountain View Voice

News - December 20, 2013

Crime briefs

Beware of package thieves

The Mountain View Police Department is asking that residents be on alert for "Holiday Grinches" on the prowl.

"It's that time again," a recent post on the MVPD's blog reads. "There are people running round Mountain View trying to ruin the holidays by stealing your packages."

The blog post warned that people steal packages during the day, not just at night; thieves often trail delivery vehicles, waiting until the moment is opportune; they sometimes work in pairs, with one driving and another snatching packages; and, finally that "it doesn't matter where you live," because thieves like these "know no boundaries."

The department advises that residents ordering items online or having items delivered by mail should require a signature upon delivery, sign up for online tracking of packages, and consider having packages delivered to a trusted neighbor or to the workplace, if you know you won't be home to accept packages.

The post also explained what you can do if you have a package stolen. "It never hurts to report stolen packages," the post read — to the police and to the organization that shipped the package.

DUI crackdown

The Mountain View Police Department is cracking down on drunken drivers. The department's annual "Avoid the 13" program kicked off last Friday, Dec. 13, and will continue through the first of the New Year.

"Don't let a DUI be on your Christmas list this year!" a press release from the MVPD warned. According to the department's public information officer, law enforcement agencies throughout the county are participating, with the goal of raising awareness and taking impaired drivers off the road.

Last year, Mountain View officers arrested 55 intoxicated drivers — the highest number in the county outside of San Jose.

"The bottom line is, if you drink, don't drive!" Jaeger said.

—Nick Veronin

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