LBPD Provides Safety Tips For The Holiday Season

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Long Beach Police Department. Photo by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach

With holiday shopping kicking off this week, the Long Beach Police Department would like to remind everyone to report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1, and to practice the following safety tips, which may prevent them from becoming a victim:

While shopping:

  • Place all gifts and packages in the trunk or out of sight
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and walk with confidence
  • Park in well-lighted areas
  • Avoid shopping alone; there is safety in numbers
  • Use credit or debit cards for purchases to avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Keep car doors locked and windows closed
  • Carry purses or bags close to your body
  • Have the car key in your hand prior to getting to your vehicle
  • Report suspicious persons or packages to on-site security or police

Suggestions in and around your home:

  • Keep gifts in areas that cannot be seen from doorways or windows
  • Install exterior motion sensor lighting
  • Keep bushes and shrubbery trimmed to eliminate places for thieves to hide
  • Postpone mail and newspaper deliveries while traveling
  • Do not store gifts in vehicles or unsecured areas

Suggestions for business operators:

  • Lock unused doors (in compliance with fire codes)
  • Keep only necessary cash in the register
  • Vary the schedule and route of your bank deposits each day
  • Make sure the register is clearly visible to passers-by
  • Advertise your security alarm system with signs in visible locations
  • Invest in video surveillance cameras and ensure they are operational at all times and capture facial features
  • Develop a mutual aid system among stores on your block or close to you and keep an eye on one another

For additional crime prevention information visit: www.longbeach.gov/police/how-do-i/prevent-crime/

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