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Thanksgiving Tips and Reminders
Holiday Safety Tips
Don't Be An Easy Target

As the holiday season approaches, the Long Beach Police Department would like to remind everyone to take extra safety precautions, report suspicious activity immediately by calling police dispatch at 9-1-1 or (562) 435-6711, and 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 motion sensor lighting in a location that it cannot be easily tampered with
-  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 
-  Ensure 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 

Thanksgiving Holiday Parking and Refuse Collection Information 
Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, for the Thanksgiving Holiday

  • El Dorado Regional Park will be open on Thursday and Friday.
  • El Dorado Nature Center will be closed on Thursday, but open on Friday.
  • Park offices, Rancho Los Cerritos, and community park facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • Swimming Pools will be closed on Thursday, but open on Friday.
  •  All libraries will close on Thursday and Friday. 
Animal Care Services
  • Animal Care Services and spcaLA will close on Thursday and Friday, and will re-open Saturday, November 24, at 10:00 am.  Field services are always available by calling 570.PETS.  
Refuse collection
  • Refuse collection will operate on its normal schedule. 
Street sweeping
  • There will be no street sweeping or enforcement of street sweeping violations on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.
Parking Meters
  • Meters that are label as exempt on holidays will not be enforced on Thursday, November 22.
  • Parking enforcement and all infractions, including time zones, will be enforced as usual on Friday, November 23.  Days and hours of enforcement are posted inside the meters.
  • Please note: Some meters, including those in Downtown and at beach lots, are enforced 365 days per year.  
  • Red, white and blue curbs are always enforced, with no exemptions.

Long Beach Animal Care Services Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets 
Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) reminds residents to keep the Thanksgiving holiday fun and safe for all family members, including pets. According to Margaret Lee, Shelter Veterinarian for LBACS, families should practice a few simple tips to keep their pets healthy and safe over Thanksgiving:

1. Do not feed pets from the table.
Turkey bones are hollow and can break and splinter into sharp pieces, causing blockage and perforation of the intestinal tract. Symptoms include loss of appetite, depression, vomiting or diarrhea, and may not be exhibited for one or two days. Also, meals that sit out at room temperature for too long can cause food poisoning; symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, a high temperature, loss of appetite and listlessness. Consult a veterinarian immediately should a pet exhibit any symptoms for turkey bone ingestion or salmonella poisoning.

2. Keep pets comfortable.
Pets may have a hard time adjusting to the increases in family activity around the holidays, especially the stress of house guests. Scheduling a time each day to play with your dog or review obedience exercises can make the holidays easier for your dog. Cats are a harder to reassure and it is better to provide a safe haven where the guests can't find them, especially young children.  Also, make sure their litter pan is private.

3. Make arrangements for pet care if you will be out of town.
Ensure the care of your pet by providing proper nutrition, appropriate care and a secure environment.
4. Make sure pets wear proper identification.
All pets in Long Beach are required by law to be licensed.  One of the benefits of licensing is the vacation pet alert.  Pet owners with a current license may call 562.570.PETS to register where their pet will stay while they are gone, and ensure that they are returned home in case they are lost.  Licensing and microchipping pets greatly increases the chances of reuniting a lost pet with its owner. For information or assistance with dog licensing, call Long Beach Animal Care Services at 562.570.7387 or visit
5.  Make sure you know the number of the emergency veterinary hospitals in your area.
Take a few minutes to drive by your local emergency veterinary hospital so you can be sure you can find it an emergency when you may not be thinking as clearly as on an ordinary day.

The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. LBACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Signal Hill. Animal Care Services is located at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., in Long Beach.

The Village is open Wednesday through Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesday and holidays. Animal Care Services will be closed on November 22 and 23, 2012, for Thanksgiving.

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