Tips on How to Stay Safe While Shopping

With the upcoming holiday season here are some tips on how to stay safe while shopping!

  1. Lock your doors, windows, cars, and garages at all times. Don’t place your garage door opener in your car during this time of year.
  2. Don’t hide packages in your car. Thieves are betting that cars have packages in them. “Smash and grab” break-ins this time of year are very common.
  3. Keep the exterior of your home well lit. Dark homes are more enticing to a burglar than a well-lit home so for the next 6 weeks consider leaving some lights on.
  4. Leave a television on when you leave the house and schedule automatic lights with an inexpensive auto timer.

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Parking Meters in Downtown Maynard

There is no cost for metered parking downtown after 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Parking is free Sundays and holidays.

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Maynard Police Now on Twitter

The Maynard Police Department is now on Twitter.  You can follow us at @MaynardPolice.

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Free Downtown Parking

From the Maynard Board of Selectmen:

Happy Holidays from the Town of Maynard

 Free Parking Downtown Maynard:  LIMIT OF 2-HOURS

 Starting: November 28, 2014

 Ending: December 31, 2014

 Enjoy our shops, galleries, and restaurants!

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Maynard Police Log – 11/9/14 to 11/16/14

Maynard Police Log for 11/9/14 to 11/16/14 is now available.

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Winter Parking Ban

The all night parking ban in Maynard will go into effect on Monday, December 1st, 2014 and remain in effect until March 15th, 2015. There will be no parking on roadways and municipal parking lots between the hours of 2 AM and 6 AM. Violators will be fined $20 and during snow removal, will be subject to tow.

We thank you for you anticipated cooperation and wish you a safe winter season.

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Protecting Your Kids on Social Media

Online social media services aren’t new, but many of us are still learning how to use them without getting into trouble – especially children and teens. Use these tips to help your kids safely use any social media service from networking to image posting sites.

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Veteran’s Day Thank You

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The Maynard Police Department would like to say thank you to all veteran’s and active duty military on this Veteran’s Day.

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What happens when you call 911 and have a medical emergency?

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In 2012 the Massachusetts State 911 Department issued an order to all 911 answering centers, mandating the implementation of EMD. EMD is emergency medical dispatching, it means the 911 operator must give the caller medical instructions prior to the ambulance’s arrival. This is done by following a pre-established protocol that is approved and signed by the medical coordinator responsible for that City/Town.

There is a set of questions that must be asked in order to determine whether the caller can help the patient until the ambulance arrives, as well as determining whether advanced life support services has to be dispatched. In the meantime the ambulance has been dispatched, so asking the questions and going through the instructions is not delaying the response. This means in some cases that if you’re calling 911 for a medical emergency you could speak to up to three (3) operators, depending on whether you’re calling from a cell phone, or a landline.

In Maynard we use a third party resource for EMD, it is done by PRO-EMS (our Advanced Life Support service provider). So once you’re connected to Maynard 911, the dispatcher will take down some information: your name, your call back number, address of the emergency, age of the patient and nature of the medical. Then we will dispatch police and fire units to your emergency, while connecting you with the PRO-EMS dispatcher who will ask you more questions and provide you with directions on what to do until the ambulance arrives.

We understand the frustration you may feel when calling 911 and being asked multiple times the same questions, many times we’re just confirming the information you gave us. The time it takes from when the initial 911 call comes into our center and when we connect you with the EMD is between 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Anne Camaro
Communications Supervisor
Maynard Public Safety

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Telephone and Email Fraud Alert

Recently, multiple Maynard residents are reporting telephone scams. The caller claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and demanding immediate payment for past taxes that are overdue. The caller will ask for payment to be made that day, either by mailing a money order, providing bank account information, or credit card information.

The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card, or prepaid card information over the telephone.

Posted on the IRS website are multiple advisories regarding a variety of scams. Some characteristics of a scam include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names to identify themselves
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling
  • Scammers may send bogus IRS emails to a victim to support their bogus call
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you should:

  • Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and they can assist you with payment options, if you actually owe back taxes
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes, then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
  • Always contact the Maynard Police Department and an Officer will assist in determining if you are being   targeted in a scam.

Lastly, be aware there are a variety of similar scams, such as lottery sweepstakes that are also fraudulent. If you are unsure, contact the Maynard Police Department and we can assist with determining the validity of the solicitation.

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