Central Texans celebrate National Night Out

Posted at 2:50 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 15:54:34-04

Neighborhoods across Central Texas will participate in National Night Out, an event designed to generate support for local anti-crime efforts on Tuesday.

Killeen mom of four Susan Howald said it is important she knows her neighbors.

"We do our holidays together. We do our kids’ birthday parties together," said Howald.

According to Susan, that bond creates a secure environment for her family.

"It makes our community safer, stronger and our kids’ better people," said Howald.

That's why she will join other Central Texans by participating in National Night Out.

The event has one goal, neighbors across Texas join forces for crime and drug prevention by simply getting to know their neighbors.

"Crime fighting is a community effort. It's not something you can do alone," said Ellen Morton, media relations specialist with the Temple Police Department.

Something Jose Soto from Susan's Neighborhood Watch Committee knows all too well.

"Essentially get to know your neighbors. Know what's common, what's odd," said Soto.

National Night Out participants are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

"We have been to barbecues. We have had the inflatable toys. Some even have bands, because they really take it seriously. It's a good time for neighbors to get together in a nice Texas cool weather. To get together, know their neighbors and get to know the police department," said Charles Kimble, Killeen Police Chief.

For Howald, the benefits of the event come full circle.

"Having events like National Night Out, it really does make our children better," said Howald.

Neighborhoods across Central Texas will host the national event tonight from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Here is a list of places to celebrate in Waco and Belton.

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