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National Night Out events held across Alabama

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A number of cities and communities across southeast Alabama have events planned for "America's Night Out Against Crime."

National Night Out events take place nationwide on the first Tuesday of August every year.

Montgomery

Last week, police arrested a 17 year old suspected of burglarizing several homes in a Montgomery neighborhood.
    
Crime is evident in neighborhoods all across Montogmery and in other parts of Alabama.

That's why one Dalraida resident says she's trying her best to establish a neighborhood watch program.

"So if something is going on like break-ins, we will all be on the same page," Annie Bell said.  

Neighbors shared concerns and information on Tuesday regarding the recent rash of car break-ins in the Eastbrook Morningview subdivision off Atlanta Highway.
    
The National Night Out Against Crime event is a time for people to get acquainted with neighbors so they can be each others' eyes and ears.
 
"It just takes a little time and effort and if everybody comes together; you are coming together for one goal," Royace Phillips said.

Dalraida resident Beck Cleghorn says she joined the Eastbrook Morningview's night out event to get some help and answers.
    
"We don't have any kind of neighborhood association or neighborhood watch, and I thought maybe I could come over here and ask questions and find out how to do this," Becky Cleghorn said.
    
With Public Safety Director Chris Murphy and police on hand to share tips and long-time residents sharing advice, Cleghorn says she's hopeful.
     
"So we need people who will help watch their neighbors homes and help report problems to the city," Cleghorn said. "You need to be familiar with which car is in the driveway, and the people who live there. If you see something different, go ask. It's not being nosey, it's protecting your neighbors."

July crime stats are still being compiled, but here is data for the first six months of the year (January-June 2014 compared with 2013):

Overall crime was down 5.5 percent.
Homicides decreased by 14; robberies increased by 9, and aggravated assaults were up 7, accounting for a slight increase in violent crime overall (1.8 percent).

The Montgomery Police Department has responded to 17 homicides, compared to 34 this time last year.
     
This Thursday, there is a neighborhood organizational meeting with police and community members. It's set for 6 p.m. at the intersection of Royal Crest Drive and Highpoint Road.

Pike Road

A large turnout showed up to talk to members of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the fire department and a home security business. Topics included things such as crime fighting efforts, fighting back during a crime, and ways to prevent becoming a victim.

"Our main goal is that if we can prevent one burglary, if we can prevent one fire from starting at a house, if we can prevent somebody from making a home an easy target by riding around looking for homes that don't have an alarm system, that don't have a camera system; we prevented crime in our community," said Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham. "We prevented somebody from possibly being killed in a fire, so it's all about safety."

Prattville

The City of Prattville also got in on the action with National Night out.
     
Thousands turned out in Target's parking lot to see all the law enforcement and fire rescue crews.
     
Law enforcement officials say this night is a great opportunity to showcase the community's volunteer rescue departments.

"It lets everybody know that we're out here to help the public," said Captain Fabian Mann of the Autauga County Rescue Squad. "It gives everyone the idea that we've got search and rescue dogs so if somebody gets lost, we're there to find them. Our units train every week to help the public in search and rescue."

Daleville

At Culpepper Field, officials hope that these types of events will help strengthen community and police partnership.

Residents had the chance to meet law enforcement agencies from in and around Daleville and see some the tools they use to fight crime.

Hundreds of residents were on hand to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

Officials with the Daleville Department of Public Safety says they do believe this event has helped decrease crime in the area.

They say if you were unable to make it out to national night out, give them a call to schedule a tour of their facility.

The Dothan Police Department will host their national night out Saturday at the Dothan Civic Center starting at 3:30 p.m.

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