YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Youngstown Police Department will conduct extra patrols starting from Monday to New Year’s to ensure the public’s safety as the holiday season progresses.

Captain Jason Simon with YPD said it’s not unusual to see an increase in thefts and robberies around this time of year, so they are doing all they can to increase safety in the city.

The patrols will focus their attention on businesses and roadways to provide an additional sense of security to shoppers and residents within the city.

“It’s an all encompassing kind of strategy that we use, around the busier times of year, especially during the holiday season, so that people coming to the businesses feel secure, as well as the businesses feeling safe, having extra patrols,” he said.

Marked and unmarked patrol units, as well as uniformed and plainclothes officers, will be located throughout the city.