Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
6/19/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
Subject:
FUMIGATION BURGLARIES
Contact:
Media Relations Detail
(562) 570-5273






The Long Beach Police Department would like to alert the community to an increase in a specific type of burglary that is occurring, both locally and regionally, to houses and apartment complexes that are in the process of being fumigated for pest control.

During these burglaries, suspects enter the tented structures that are vacated, and take valuables such as electronics and jewelry. 

The L.B.P.D. would like to offer the community a few tips which could prevent you from becoming a victim: 

  • If your residence is being fumigated, be sure to notify your immediate neighbors to be alert and to report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1
  • Remove valuables from your home prior to the fumigation process beginning
  • Consider hiring private security to watch over your home
  • Contact L.B.P.D. and request extra patrol in your area (District Car Check) by calling (562) 570-7260 

It should also be noted that while a building is being fumigated, it is infused with toxic chemicals, which could be fatal if inhaled. 

Anyone with information regarding fumigation burglaries is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department's Burglary Detail at (562) 570-7351.  Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.