LBPD shares holiday safety tips

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD ) has issued the following safety tips for consideration during the holidays.

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 onsite security or police

In and around the 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

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 passersby
• 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

For additional crime prevention tips, visit longbeach.gov/police .

Source: LBPD

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