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Security heightened for New Year's Eve celebrations

Authorities are bumping up preparations in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting and terror attacks in New York City. (Source: KLAS/CNN) Authorities are bumping up preparations in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting and terror attacks in New York City. (Source: KLAS/CNN)

LAS VEGAS (CNN) - New Year's Eve is three days away, and security preparations are underway in some of the country's most popular party spots.

People who attend New Year's Eve celebrations in major cities will see heightened security.

Officials in Las Vegas expect smaller-than-usual crowds this New Year's Eve following the mass shooting in October that claimed 58 lives and injured more than 500.

"In previous years, we had spotters in elevated positions throughout the downtown area and the Strip corridor," Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. "But this year, along with those spotters, they will be accompanied with snipers."

There will be more than 300 National Guard troops in Vegas this New Year's Eve, double the amount typically on hand, and mobile command posts will be staged throughout Sin City.

"Traditionally we had two in place, and they were our own assets here in the valley, but the federal government, along with DHS and the FBI, will each bring a mobile command post to assist us with communications if needed," Lombardo said. 

Roughly 1,500 police officers will be patrolling the Las Vegas area over the three-day holiday weekend.

Security in New York's Times Square will reach unprecedented levels this New Year's Eve after the city had two terror attacks within the last three months.

NYPD police say they'll release more information about their preparations on Thursday.

More than a million people are expected to ring in the new year in the Big Apple.

Despite the increase in police, officials remind the public to report anything suspicious.

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