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Holiday Safety
Driving
  • Avoid driving alone or at night.

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.

  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.

  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.

  • Do not leave packages on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves.

  • When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.

  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

Shopping
  • Dress casually and comfortably.

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.

  • Always carry your Massachusetts Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.

  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert of your surroundings.

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

  • Keep cash in your front pocket.

  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

Children
  • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.

  • Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.

  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.

  • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
  • Children should neverbe allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.

  • Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

At Home
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.

  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.

  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.

  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.

  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.

  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.

  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.

  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

Strangers at Your Door
  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.

  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.

  • Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used.

  • If you are not satisfied, do not donate.

  • Donate to a recognized charitable organization.

  • Verify that the solicitor has registered with the Millis Police Department.

Hosting a Party
  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.

  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.

  • Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.

Attending a Party
  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.

  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.

  • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.

  • Know your safe limit.

  • Never drink and drive.

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