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Holiday safety tips

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With holiday shopping ramping up, the Long Beach Police Department would like to remind everyone to report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1 and to encourage residents 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-lit 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 your car keys in hand prior to arriving at 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 in plain view
  • Advertise your security alarm system with signs in visible locations
  • Invest in video-surveillance cameras and ensure they are operational at all times
  • Develop a mutual-aid system among stores near you and keep an eye on one another

For additional crime prevention information, visit the LBPD’s website at longbeach.gov/police/how-do-i/prevent-crime/. For non-emergency situations, call police dispatch at (562) 435-6711.

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Holiday safety tips