Houston police vigilantly prepping for World Series in Houston

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Authorities in Houston are working to keep the city safe during the World Series. (KTRK)

Security is certainly a big component to what will happen in Houston later this week when the World Series shifts from Los Angeles to Houston. Those in charge say they've got things under control.

"Everybody is excited about the Astros," said Susan Christian. She is in charge of special events for the City of Houston Mayor's Office and told Eyewitness News they've been preparing for logistics and security long before the World Series run electrified Houston.

"We know what the plans are," said Christian. " We know if something gets changed or if there needs to be a second option that we go with. We already have that worked out."

The city has, after all, hosted multiple Super Bowls, the most recent in February. In 2016, the NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball tournament was here, and of course, there was the series in 2005 against the White Sox. A few things have changed security and transportation-wise since then.

Light rail has expanded beyond its initial line. In fact, Metro is offering free rides to anyone with a game ticket. Communication has also changed drastically.

HPD will be working with MLB security, federal agencies, and other local law enforcement to keep visitors safe. They ask if you see something suspicious at the park or elsewhere, say something. Remember to represent Houston well.

"Social media platforms will be much more prevalent to inform citizens on issues pertaining to public safety and transportation, mobility, where to go, how to get rides, where events are," said executive Assistant Houston Police Chief Matt Slinkard.

"We recently had the Super Bowl. We had crowds that were much larger. We handled those very well. But everybody has to be vigilant, to be watching. We will be doing our part We ask that the public do their part as well," he added.

As for the roof being open or closed, security does play a role, but that decision comes from the baseball commissioner's office. Neither the city, HPD or the Astros have any say over the roof.

A 10-foot tall rooster, free hot dogs, head-shaving and pumpkin carvings: We've got all the World Series bases covered.

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