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Purpose

The purpose of notifying the police, is in case they get calls of "suspicious" behavior that could be mistaken by home owners or bystanders as "casing the neighborhood". Repeatedly traveling the same blocks is often considered suspicious, but is common during a rallye.

Back when these were telephoned in, the best time to call was a day or two before the event, which gave the PD enough time to get it into the beat information for the swing shift briefing, but not so long that it would fall off the list of things to stick into the beat info.

With email, it's not really clear whether the rules are different or not.

Addresses

Mountain View 
police@mountainview.gov
Los Altos 
police@losaltosca.gov
Sunnyvale 
Use form with mmmYY@TheRallyeClub.org as your Email address or send Email to SVTIP@tipnow.org (intended for anonymous tips, but our messages should not be anonymous).
Santa Clara 
police@santaclaraca.gov

Sample

Here is a sample E-mail. Of course, dates and names (people, cities, and streets) and dates must be changed.

TO:      police@mountainview.gov
SUBJECT: Gimmick Car Rallye Saturday evening in Mountain View
There will be a public Gimmick Car Rallye this Saturday evening (Oct.
6, 5 to 10 PM) in Mountain View, as a benefit for cancer research.

A gimmick rallye is nothing like road racing.  It is similar to a
scavenger hunt using street signs. There will be a couple dozen cars
driving through the neighborhoods I'm using.  The basic route is:
(from 101 and Mathilda): Almanor Ave, Mary Ave, Maude Ave, Clyde Ave,
Fairchild Ave, Tyrella Ave, Flynn Ave, Whisman Rd., Ellis St.,
Middlefield Rd., Whisman, E Dana St., Calderon Ave, Church, View St.,
W Dana St., to Castro.  There will be a "checkpoint" on Easy Street
along Whisman Park from 7:30 to about 9:00 PM Saturday, where cars
will stop along the curb for a few minutes.

You might get a report that "suspicious" cars are driving slowly or
parking with interior lights on [to read instructions], reading street
signs, and then starting off again, perhaps making U-turns or
circling around the block to "try again".

I'm sending you this email so that you will know what we're doing and
may reassure any callers near this route.

More rallye info is available at http://www.therallyeclub.org/what.htm

-- George Bush, Rallymaster, oct06@TheRallyeClub.org  Phone: (650)555-1234

Resources

Mountain View

Mountain View map and Mountain View neighborhoods and Mountain View crime statistics might help you find neighborhood names to use in your E-mail.

If you wish to report damaged or obscured street signs in Mountain View, phone MTV Public Services at (650)903-6329.

More?

Please add similar info for additional cities.

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