Holliston Police Department
· Holliston, Massachusetts · 01746
(508)429-1212 · Fax (508)429-0611
Don't tempt a thief:
Lawn mowers, snow blowers,
barbecues and bicycles are
best stored out of sight.
Always lock your garden
sheds and garages.
Use curtains on garage and
Never leave notes on your
door such as "Gone
Locks…get the best:
No lock, regardless of its
quality, can be truly
effective. Key-in dead bolt
locks provide minimum
security. Ask a locksmith
for advice on your
Change locks immediately if
your keys are lost or
When moving into a new home,
have all locks changed.
Targeting the Outside:
Have adequate exterior
lighting. A motion-sensitive
light is recommended for
Trim trees and shrubs so
that they cannot be used as
hiding places for intruders.
Make sure your door hinges
are on the inside.
Most windows can be pinned
Drill a 3/16" hole on a
slight downward slant
through the inside window
frame and halfway into the
outside frame - place a nail
in the hole to secure the
An alarm system is excellent
for home security. It
provides peace of mind to
homeowners, especially while
on vacation. There is a wide
variety of alarm systems on
Make several inquiries to
different companies for the
best security system
available to you.
If Your Home Is Broken Into:
If you come home to find an
unexplained open/broken window
Do not enter - the
perpetrator may still be
Use a neighbor's phone to
Do not touch anything or
clean up until the police
have inspected for evidence.
Write down the license plate
numbers of any suspicious
Note the descriptions of any
Other precautions you should
Never leave keys under
mailboxes or other "secret"
hiding places -- burglars
know where to look for
Keep a detailed inventory of
your valuable possessions,
including a description of
the items, date of purchase
and original value, and
serial numbers, and keep a
copy in a safe place away
from home -- this is a good
precaution in case of fires
or other disasters. Make a
photographic or video record
of valuable objects,
heirlooms and antiques. Your
insurance company can
provide assistance in making
and keeping your inventory.
Trim your shrubbery around
your home to reduce cover
Be a good neighbor. If you
notice anything suspicious
in your neighborhood,
call 911 immediately.
Mark your valuables with
your driver's license number
with an engraver you can
borrow from your precinct.
Marked items are harder for
a burglar to dispose of and
easier for police to
Form a Neighborhood Watch
Group. We can help you work
with your neighbors to
improve security and reduce
risk of burglary.
Consider installing a
burglar alarm system.
The MOST important thing YOU can
do is CALL THE POLICE to report
a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS
activity. You have to be the
eyes of your neighborhood. And
remember you can always remain a
pair of anonymous eyes!
Remember the three L's of Crime
LOCKS & the LAW!
your residence, lock your
doors at all times, and call the
Law when you see
any personal information to anyone you meet
online. That means first or last names,
phone numbers (they can be used to track down
you home), passwords, birth dates or years, or
credit card information.
Before you post anything online, ask yourself
whether you would share the information at an
all-school assembly. Once you post something
online, it is there for everyone to see.
Be nice and polite
to everyone you contact online. Avoid contact
up with anyone you don't already know.
Don't tell anyone your schedule; don't say where
you'll be hanging out. No party announcements.
People are often not who they say they are. It's
true: 1 in 5 kids will be sexually solicited
you receive a message from someone that makes
you feel upset or worried, show it to your
parents or a teacher.
out any "fun" questionnaires that are forwarded
to you, even if they're from your friends.
Remember, you're in a world where everything can
get forwarded. All those personal things about
you could land in the hands of someone who could
use them to harm you.
you know everyone on your buddy list.
If you haven't met the people face-to-face, they
may not be who they pretend to be. Also, Instant
Messaging strangers is an invasion of their
You do not
have to answer emails or IMs from people you
don't know. As a matter of fact, you
shouldn't. Who knows who they are? Even if they
say they're "David's friend," David could be a
lucky guess. "Kids" you meet in chat rooms may
actually be creepy adults.
such thing as "private" on the Internet.
You may think so, but it's not true. People can
find anything they want — and keep what you post
about posting pictures of yourself (if you must,
don't post sexy ones or ones showing behavior
you wouldn't want your mom, teacher, boss, or
potential college advisor to see). Just
because an older sibling has posted snaps on a
site doesn't make it a smart or a safe idea.
Pictures with identifiers like where you go to
school can be shopping lists for online
predators and other creeps.
pictures of other people. Forwarding an
embarrassing picture of someone else is a form
of bullying. How would you like it if someone
did that to you?
download content without your parents'
permission. Many sites have spyware
that will damage your computer. Other sites have
really inappropriate content. Your parents can
check your computer's URL history, so you can't
hide where you've been.
Never share your password with anyone
but your parents.
The Internet is a wonderful
place to find information and connect with
people and friends. Surf safely and remember the
three Cs…avoid contact with strangers, consider
the content of your message and conduct yourself
- Make your home look
occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
- Lock all outside doors and
windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it
is for a short time, lock your doors.
- Leave lights on when you
go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time,
connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in
the evening and off during the day.
- Keep your garage door
closed and locked.
- Don't allow daily
deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you
are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or
arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
- Arrange for your lawn to
be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
- Check your locks on doors
and windows and replace them with secure devices as
- Pushbutton locks on
doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt
locks on all your outside doors.
- Sliding glass doors are
vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
- Other windows may need
better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for
Burglary Prevention Tips
Burglars go through
neighborhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the
evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that have been left
on too long.
The following burglary prevention tips will help to make you and
your family safer while also showing you how to become a part of the
HPD Team - so that we may serve and protect Holliston - our
community - together
1. Always pay close
attention tot he ATM and your surroundings. Don't select an ATM at
the corner of a building -- corners create a blind spot. Use an ATM
located near the center of a building. Do your automated banking in
a public, well-lighted location that is free of shrubbery and
decorative partitions or dividers.
2. Maintain an
awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction. Be
wary of people trying to help you with ATM transactions. Be aware of
anyone sitting in a parked car nearby. When leaving an ATM make sure
you are not being followed. If you are, drive immediately to a
police or fire station, or to a crowded, well-lighted location or
use an ATM that appears unusual looking or offers options with which
you are not familiar or comfortable.
not allow people to look over your shoulder as you enter your PIN.
Memorize your PIN; never write it on the back of your card. Do not
re-enter your PIN if the ATM eats your card -- contact a bank
not wear expensive jewelry or take other valuables to the ATM. This
is an added incentive to the assailant.
count cash at the machine or in public. Wait until you are in your
car or another secure place.
using a drive-up ATM, keep your engine running, your doors locked
and leave enough room to maneuver between your car and the one ahead
of you in the drive-up line.
Maintain a supply of deposit envelopes at home or in your car.
Prepare all transaction paperwork prior to your arrival at the ATM.
This will minimize the amount of time spent at the machine.
Closely monitor your bank statements, as well as your balances, and
immediately report any problems to your bank.
you are involved in a confrontation with an assailant who demands
your money, COMPLY.
ATM's are a great
convenience, but they can compromise your safety. A robber looking
for easy prey only has to stake out an ATM in a low-traffic, dimly
lit area and bide his time.
There is no central
repository for statistics on ATM crime, but reports of ATM robberies
frequently can be found in just about any local newspaper.
Cash machines at
banks are probably the safest bed, but that doesn't mean you have to
steer clear of the ones at malls, airports, and sports venues. You
can avoid becoming a victim by using good old common sense and by
planning ahead for ATM withdrawals.
Here are some great
tips for making sure your visit the ATM is a safe one:
The Holliston Police Department's
mission is to protect the public safety of all citizens of
Holliston, but our officers can not do it without the eyes and ears
of you - the community. Crime Prevention
reduces the opportunity for
crime, helps people understand fear of crime vs. reality
of crime, and increases neighborhood livability. The
following resources are available to help residents,
businesses, rental property owners, the faith
communities, neighborhood associations, and others
reduce the opportunities for crime, build communities
where residents are aware and work together, and work
with the police and others agencies in the city to
address issues. If you have additional questions, you
may contact the Holliston Police Department directly.