National Night Out is underway in the Hub City. Lubbock Police are hoping everyone will get involved as a way to help cut back on the recent rash of crime activity.
"Get to know the people in the neighborhood. And to let everybody know you don't want crime in your neighborhood," Lubbock Police Department Sgt. Bill Casey said.
Several events are taking place in Lubbock to inspire residents to step out of their homes and meet the people next door. However, for one Lubbock woman, National Night Out has special meaning as getting to know her neighbors helped stop a crime in her home.
Nestled in a Caprock neighborhood, Carol Hedrick thought her home was safe, until an incident nearly a year ago proved her wrong.
"They broke in through the storm door and our wooden door that comes in our house," Hedrick said.
The robbers came in through the back gate on a day much like today, but lucky for Carol, her neighbor just over the fence was keeping a keen eye and noticed a stranger in her back yard.
"They had every piece of computer equipment we had in a bag and on the floor. Our bedroom was ransacked, just like you see on TV, which is a scary thought," Hedrick said.
What is not scary is the reaction of Hedrick's neighbors. She says when the police arrived, the burglars took off and her neighbor followed.
"They split, and one out the front door and went in 3 different directions and our neighbors followed one of them, and all 3 were caught," Hedrick said.
A priceless benefit Hedrick says for the little effort it takes to get to know those in the neighborhood.
"Had the neighbor not been home then the burglars would have walked off with whatever they wanted to," Hedrick said.
More than a dozen neighborhoods planned festivities, including block parties to ice cream socials, along with visits from Lubbock fire, police and city council members.