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Safety preparations for NYE on Strip

Posted at 10:25 AM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 13:25:04-05
Locals are gearing up for America's Party tonight.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a press conference to address safety Monday morning.
Police said there are no credible threats to the New Year's Eve celebration.
Police did say that there was a 300 percent increase in the number of suspicious activity calls.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo asked partygoers to leave bags and strollers at home as there is increased crowds and police presence along Las Vegas Boulevard.
"That's the mantra here, preparation not paranoia," said retired Lt. Randy Sutton, Channel 13 Action News Crime and Safety expert. 
Officials are expecting more than 300,000 revelers to fill the Strip and downtown Las Vegas Thursday night. This year, as in year's past, it's all hands on deck for the department.  
"Almost every year, I worked on the Las Vegas Strip," said Sutton.
Sutton said uniformed and undercover cops will be working closely with federal and state counterparts to ensure security.  
Sophisticated equipment and surveillance will be utilized to spot threats. 
"This isn't anything new, the fact that we've had some recent attacks brings it to the forefront," said Sutton.
In the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Sutton said the number one concern is incidents involving terrorists and active shooters. 
"There's going to be a lot of pat downs taking place," Sutton said. "There's going to be a lot of extra scrutiny."
This is the second year in a row that the Schiff family is in Las Vegas for the celebration.  
They're focused on having a great time and ringing in the New Year. 
"You have to live your life to the fullest, and enjoy everyday," said Mr. Schiff.
"We're from Israel," said Mrs. Schiff. "We're used to knowing that we're strong and no one is going to stop us from doing what we want to do."