Kevin VeseyNov 22, 2016, 11:52 pmNov 25, 2016, 8:11 am

Police departments step up security to keep holiday shoppers safe

With Thanksgiving weekend almost here, officials across the island are getting ready for an uptick in robberies

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The holiday shopping season is just about underway at the Roosevelt Field Mall. Decorations are up and some shoppers already holding bags filled with gifts.

But officials in Nassau County say it's also important to realize that a busy mall could be seen as a target for terrorists. And that's why police will increase patrols at the mall over Thanksgiving weekend.

According to county officials, added police presence will be seen near critical infrastructure, houses of worship, and any other place where people are known to gather.

In Suffolk County, Police Commissioner Tim Sini says holiday shoppers should be extra vigilant and on the lookout for thieves.

“Lock your cars. Lock your houses…people taking advantage of the fact that people are shopping, and storing gifts in their houses and cars,” Sini advised.

Both counties say they will have stepped up DWI patrols over the long weekend as well. The night before Thanksgiving is known to be one of the busiest drinking nights of the year.

If you're out shopping and see something suspicious, authorities say you should call the police department.

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