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8/5/08

National Night Out in Lubbock

Tuesday, people across Lubbock are leaving their homes to meet their neighbors, and get involved on National Night Out. It's an annual, nationwide event where people are encouraged to get out and meet the people who live around them. Last year, more than 35 million people participated across the country.

The Lubbock United Neighborhood Association and Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood Associations hosted one of Lubbock's several events with speakers, food, a jump house for kids and a Starbucks pet cafe.

President of the Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood Association Greg Bruce said, "It encourages people to come out, spend time with their neighbors and get to meet each other.  We really feel like if neighbors know each other it leads to a safer community.  It leads to a stronger community."

Eight year old Madi Easley had a good time.  She said, "I'm having a lot of fun going on the jumpy and eating hot dogs and drinks."

The purpose of national night out is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized against crime.

The Lubbock Police Department's neighborhood units are attending eleven different events in Lubbock Tuesday.

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