Neighbors Throw Parties To Prevent Crime - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/7/07

Neighbors Throw Parties To Prevent Crime

Tuesday marked America's night out against crime, and Tuesday night neighbors across the South Plains came together, showing criminals their neighborhoods won't be taken advantage of.

It's a serious topic, but folks had a fun time spreading the message.  At Copper Rawlings Community Center, members of the Harwell Neighborhood Association used a little dancing to keep drugs out of their neighborhood.

In south Overton, neighbors held a concert to cut crime, and members of the Lubbock Police Department's Mounted Patrol brought the horses out to Aztlan Park and the Guadalupe Neighborhood Association, teaching folks who's there to protect them.

It was all part of National Night Out in Lubbock.

"We just want to bring the neighbors together; show them we can have a good time and fight against drugs and crime," Herminia Martinez said. 

The goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen police and community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out doesn't end Tuesday. South Overton neighbors took the night to organize a neighborhood watch that will last all year.

"We know everybody," Tony Downey said. 

He's lived in Lubbock for 25 years, 15 of those have been in south Overton.  Downey says these events work.

"We borrow and lend sugar and stuff like that, and every year it just gets better," Downey said. 

Last year more than 34 million people participated in National Night Out activities across the country.

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