National Night Out Preview

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – In an effort to stand up against crime neighborhoods across metro Richmond are participating in a national event. Tuesday's National Night Out is being recognized in most neighborhoods as a partnership between residents and the local police department.

"We want to be a part of that to give back to the community and to fellowship with the community," said event organizer, Janet Mason. "To spread or to share pertinent information about safety and the welfare of the community."

Mason has been busy passing out flyers advertising her neighborhood National Night Out block party near the Manchester Courthouse. It's being held at the New Life Deliverance Tabernacle and this year she's hoping to make it the biggest one yet. Organizers feel that having everyone attend is crucial for a crime free neighborhood.

"It promotes safety," said Glynis Williams, who plans to attend the event. "It promotes fellowship. It promotes family which is the most important thing."

In Henrico County, this Fox Hall neighborhood is turning its National Night Out event into a pool party. It's being organized by their neighborhood watch group and members are tired of all the recent break-ins.

"They're vandalizing and you know we have a lot of garage break-ins and car break-ins because people don't lock their cars and so that's a big thing that we are trying to enforce that people lock their cars if they don't put them in the garage," said Tammy Gelber.

Both Mason and Gelber believe that in order to fight crime neighbors must be on the lookout for each other. National Night Out is the opportunity for that to happen.

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