News Story


Holiday Package Theft Advisory
12/9/2015 12:15:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Holiday Package Theft Advisory

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City of Fillmore & the Santa Clara Valley Communities

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Unit(s) Responsible:


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence







Traditionally, thefts of packages from doorsteps and mailboxes tend to increase during the holiday season.  Criminals are well aware of the increase in package deliveries and drive through neighborhoods looking for unattended packages and full mailboxes. The Fillmore Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office have received information about solicitors knocking on doors, possibly casing residences, while at the same time grabbing Christmas cards, checks and gifts cards from mailboxes.  A recent incident occurred in the 400 block of Fillmore Street.  A male suspect, wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, dark blue jeans, and a dark-colored sleeveless 'muscle' shirt was seen removing a UPS delivered package from a victim's front porch and leaving in a red 4-door sedan. There were also packages stolen from homes on Grand Avenue.  There is no suspect information on those thefts.


Here are a few tips to protect your deliveries during the holiday season:


        Ensure someone is at the residence if a delivery is expected. If this is not possible, have the delivery sent to a place of employment or request that the package be held at the Post Office for pickup.

        Tracking numbers ' Most agencies will send you a tracking number to allow you to monitor where your package is and when it will be delivered.

        Promptly retrieve packages and mail from your residence.

        Drop off outgoing mail at the Post Office or hand the mail to the Postal Service delivery person.

        Encourage your neighbors to call the police to report any unusual activity in your area. People in your neighborhood usually know who resides at and visits your residence. Neighbors should call law enforcement if unknown people are seen going through your mailbox or loitering around your residence.

        Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings; protect yourself and your property by locking doors and windows and making it harder for criminals to steal your valuables.

The Fillmore Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff's would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Holiday Season.


Prepared by:

Sgt. Mario Aguilar


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Mario Aguilar (805) 524-2233


Approved by:

Captain Dave Wareham



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).