Police out in full force for New Year's Eve

By Anna Carrera

Published 12/30 2013 10:44PM

Updated 12/31 2013 06:12PM

URBANA -- Officers across the state are getting ready for a busy night. They'll be working to keep you and your home safe. They've come to expect the extra work on New Year's Eve.

Urbana Police Lt. Robert Fitzgerald says the last few years have been pretty quiet, but they're not taking any chances. That's why they're stepping up patrols and putting extra officers on the streets. Among other things, they'll be watching for traffic violations and DUI's.

With so many people hitting the road, investigators say they'll also be keeping a close eye on homes where the owners may be gone. But they say there are some things you should avoid before you even head out the door.

"A lot of people get on social media and give out their plans, tell what they're doing, whether they're going away for a couple days or out that night," said Fitzgerald. "There's a lot of people out there looking to see what people are doing."

Police say they want to make sure everyone has a fun time, so that's why they're taking extra precautions. Officers say New Year's Eve is one of the highest patrolled nights of the year. Another thing they're warning people against -- firing a celebratory shot with a gun. Police say if they find people doing that, they'll be starting off the new year in jail.

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