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With days before Christmas, Valley View Mall security expects crowds inside and out

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - It's that time of year where families are getting everything all wrapped up for the holidays. Crowds of last minute holiday shoppers flocked to the mall causing traffic headaches for some.

Roanoke City Police said two multi-car accidents Saturday afternoon caused traffic to back up along Valley View Boulevard. But, with less than a week away Christmas, the Valley View Mall's parking lot sits full.

In the parking lot, drivers will most likely have to wait for a space. Once inside, they are left to navigate through the crowds of last minute shoppers.

"There's a couple of more people I need to get stuff for and after that I should be done," said Kyle Gaines.

"I think it's got a lot busier than it was from last year," added last minute shopper Jerry Nolland.

It's the second day in a row Nolland is shopping with the family at Valley View Mall. He said the unseasonably warm weather kept him outdoors instead of inside the mall. But, now the clock is ticking.

"We came out to the mall Saturday, but then we got something to eat and we were going to come back to the mall," said Nolland. "But, it was really busy and all your exits were pretty backed up. So, we decided to come back down Sunday."

Mall security said everyone on their team is working to make sure that with all of the hustle and bustle, the mall operates smoothly. Security adds this is one of the busiest times of the year. The weekend before Christmas they typically expect a rush inside and out.

"I was passing by the mall and I was stuck on traffic for about 10 to15 minutes," said Gaines. "It took me just about 20 minutes just to get five minutes down the road. So, it's a little crazy."

To avoid traffic, mall goers recommend shopping in the morning before the afternoon and evening crowds hit. And to assist in traffic flow, Roanoke City Police are on patrol too with their mobile command unit parked at Walmart.

It's all comes down to a matter of days before the holiday is here. If you have that last minute present to buy, the mall will be open every night to 10 o'clock until Christmas.

In the past we've reported: Roanoke City Police mention they typically see an increase of crime during the holidays. It's a reminder to lock your car doors.