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Police, Community Come Together for National Night Out

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LAS VEGAS - National Night Out takes place Tuesday night in locations throughout the valley and across the United States. The annual event is a way for people to get to know their neighbors and help reduce crime.

North Las Vegas Police and Metro Police will be out in high crime communities Tuesday night to teach residents about the importance of staying vigilant.

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Police say it gives them one day a year when the community can come together, interact with officers and build relationships so they can stop crime before it happens.

North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says communities that need the most police protection tend to produce the best turnout for National Night Out.

"It brings citizens from the neighborhood together, so they communicate. Communication is often one of the most important things as far as feeling safe in your neighborhood. Sometimes, it's the fear of crime that is just as damaging as the crime itself," he said.

Police say this is their opportunity to get to know people in a non-confrontational setting. They use this time to encourage people to report crime, even if they do it anonymously.

People don't have to wait until National Night Out, however, to voice their concerns or take steps to improve safety.

Police encourage neighbors to get to know each other and exchange phone numbers. Having a neighbor look out for your home when you are not around can be very helpful.

People can also save law enforcement numbers on their cell phones in the event of an emergency.

Homeowners who live in high crime neighborhoods can view crime view mapping systems online to find out where crime is occurring in their neighborhoods and increase awareness.

"Be involved in your neighborhood watch program. Most neighborhoods have them. You can actively engage the elected (officials) in your neighborhood for change and continued interaction with your own police department," said Shawn Anderson with Metro Police Department. 

National Night Out takes place at several locations throughout the valley.

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