Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
Media Relations
(562) 570-5273

graphic with tips for avoiding porch pirates

With holiday shopping underway, the Long Beach Police Department would like to remind everyone to report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1, and to practice the following safety tips, which may prevent you 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-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 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 clearly visible to passers-by
- Advertise your security alarm system with signs in visible locations
- Invest in video surveillance cameras and ensure they are operational at all times and capture facial features
- Develop a mutual aid system among stores on your block or close to you and keep an eye on one another

For additional crime prevention information visit: www.longbeach.gov/police/how-do-i/prevent-crime/

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