LBPD Offers Tips to Keep You Safe During The Holidays

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The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind everyone to report suspicious activity immediately by calling police dispatch at 9-1-1 or (562) 435-6711, and to practice the following safety tips:

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 for bank deposits each day
  • Make sure the register is clearly visible to passers-by
  • Advertise your security alarm system with signs in visible locations
  • Ensure video surveillance cameras capture facial features
  • Develop a mutual aid system among stores on your block or close to you

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