The authorities in Northern Virginia are alert for possible threats to malls and shopping centers over the weekend.
Multiple police stations in the area have seen an increase in police presence near shopping centers. These are some of Washington’s most densely populated areas.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis stated that he couldn’t give details about the threat at a Friday press conference regarding its origin, but that he was made aware on Thursday of the possibility.
Davis spoke at the press conferee, saying, “As they work to corroborate this, we have intensified our police presence throughout County to include major thoroughfares. transit hubs. shopping plazas. shopping malls.”
According to him, his department was already planning for long weekends with Halloween on Sunday, Fairfax Schools out Monday, and Virginia Elections on Tuesday.
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Prince William County Police Department: “While we don’t have any credible information about a threat to our safety, we ask that our community remain alert while we work with our law enforcement partners in order to ensure everybody remains safe.” In a statement
Arlington County Police Department In a statementAlthough the threat to the region is not confirmed and has yet been identified, there will be increased police presence in the area. According to the police, there is not a specific threat in our area.
Late this summer, the Department of Homeland Security published an advisory about potential terrorist threats that could arise in the days leading up to and during holidays related to Sept. 11. Sometimes, bulletins are issued by the agency about potential non-specific threats.
USA TODAY received a statement from the agency stating that it would continue to collaborate with local agencies to provide information about potential threats. It did not address specific threats to Northern Virginia.
Contributing: Rebecca Morin