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Dec 31, 2018

Las Vegas is one of the hottest destinations on the planet for New Year’s Eve. More than 375,000 visitors are expected to ring in 2019 in downtown Las Vegas and along the Strip.

While most come here to have a good time, some may see the celebration as an opportunity to do harm.

Las Vegas is routinely a top target for terrorism, especially during a highly-publicized event such as New Year’s Eve. While local and federal authorities have no information indicating a specific, credible threat to Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve, multiple jurisdictions are working hard to ensure this year’s celebration is a safe one.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Clark County Office of Emergency Management and Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management are just some of the agencies working on New Year’s Eve to protect tourists and residents alike.

Those who participate in the festivities can also do their part to prevent the party from becoming problematic:

- It’s important to recognize the seven signs of terrorism, as illustrated by the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center. Southern Nevada agencies are also partners in the national See Something, Say Something campaign aimed at thwarting terror attacks before they happen.

- If you see something suspicious, you can anonymously report it to the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center.

- If you are celebrating on the Strip or in downtown Las Vegas, plan ahead. Certain items are prohibited during large events in Las Vegas.

Remember, while Las Vegas is the place to party on New Year’s Eve, one bad actor can spoil the celebration for everyone.