In the wake of the shooting tragedy inside an Oregon mall earlier this week, law enforcement officials would like to reinforce a message to holiday shoppers: if you "See Something, Say Something." Our Christian Farrell has the story.
TOWN OF WALLKILL, N.Y. -- It's that time of the year. Holiday season. A time when people typically have "little time" to do anything, but focus on the task at hand which is finding gifts.
"I'm definitely in my own world when I'm shopping. I literally know where everything is. I'll text the whole time walking to the store. I am in my own world," said Tristen Sierra of Monroe.
But that approach to spending time out in public is what law enforcement officials are hoping to change. The "See Something, Say Something," public awareness campaign is being stressed this holiday season by state and local police. Especially following the mall shooting earlier this week in Oregon, when a gunman randomly shot and killed two people.
"We can't be everywhere at once, so we rely on the public to give us that information, and give us a call," said state trooper William Dalessandro.
The one thing that those in law enforcement want to be clear about is that you don't necessarily have to see something wrong taking place to make a phone call. If you're simply suspicious, or unsure, or something just doesn't look right, still call police.
"If it doesn't look right, it's probably not right," said Dalessandro.
And that goes for any public place, not just the shopping mall. Police say be alert.
"I have to say I'm not as cautious or observant as I am when I'm with my children. When my kids are with me, definitely," said Meghan Kamiecik of Goshen.
Definitely be on the lookout authorities say, for everyone's safety.