Long Beach Police Chief Joe Garcia announced the locksmith lockout in the city’s downtown area for several hours Saturday morning, a move that comes amid increased scrutiny of the city after a series of violent incidents.
According to Garcia, the lockscreen lockdowns began at 4:30 a.m.
Friday and continue through at least 7 a.l.m., starting in the East Village neighborhood and ending at 11:59 p.m.
“It’s an attempt to reduce the amount of violence that we have, to keep the community safe,” Garcia said in a news release.
The locksmiths are not allowed to work in the downtown area without prior permission from city staff.
Garcia said the locks were part of a “safety and security plan” implemented in the wake of a string of incidents over the past few weeks.
The city has received a “large number of calls” in recent weeks from concerned residents, Garcia said.
Germans office said that the city was not aware of any lockdowns at any other city lockdowns, but the department has been in contact with city staff and residents to discuss the plan.
The department said it was not conducting any lockdown enforcement activities in the area, and the city is “reviewing the procedures.”ABC News’ Jessica Lewis contributed to this report.