JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Despite hot and sweltering temperatures neighbors came together to fight crime Tuesday.
National Night Out activities were held across the Jackson metro area.
For the sixth straight year the Battlefield Homeowners Association held National Night Out celebrations at Battlefield Park.
It was one of more than 65 events in the city.
Jackson police and Hinds County deputies met residents.
Officers allowed neighborhood children to get familiar with their equipment while adults shared concerns about wanting higher bonds and fines for trespassing, shoplifting and other minor offenses.
They said it will cut down on crime and that many of the problems they have in the Battlefield area come from renters and outsiders.
Residents want renters to become more involved.
"We are hoping that the city will work hard to obtain these houses so that we can make them homeowners and that's where the problem comes from. And it's not that you resent people that rent. It's just that people have lost their values," said Battlefield Neighborhood Association President Daisy Davis.
"Taking pride in ownership where you stay makes a difference. Coming out tonight makes a difference. You'll get a chance to know who's in your neighborhood. You get a chance to bond with these individuals and start a relationship to meet on a monthly basis," said JPD Deputy Chief Tyrone Lewis.
Events were held at the Jackson Medical Mall where families heard gospel and enjoyed other entertainment.
Hundreds turned out for the annual activities in the Georgetown Community. Food, music and fellowship were plentiful.
"We bring people together. They know each other and when that happens they will look out for each other," said Georgetown Community Association President Perry Robinson.
Others at the Westland Plaza Subdivision Association are resuming crime fighting efforts.
"We're revitalizing our neighborhood, and we're using this time to get our neighborhood back acquainted with each other," said Larry Noyse President of the Westland Plaza Subdivision Association.
Police said neighborhood watch programs, community policing and National Night Out events do work.
According to Jackson law officers, last year during the same event there were zero calls for service from five p.m. until midnight while the caravans rolled and neighbors came together.
"When we see these little crimes creeping up we start to get calls. They're not calling 9-1-1. They've actually got the name of an officer. They got me. They got Chief Lewis. They've got a face that they can put with a phone number," said JPD Deputy Chief Eric Wall.
This is the 27th year National Night Out has been held.
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