HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) – Most residents got out to meet their neighbors during National Night Out activities held in August.
Tuesday evening some in Hinds County held their own night out events.
Light sprinkles moved overhead as members of the Brookwood Homeowners Association gathered under the deck at the country club for the October Night Out Against Crime event.
Residents say they don't have a major crime problem and get togethers like these keep it that way.
"We are all in this together. We can not keep crime out of our neighborhood unless we're all together, looking out for one another, know who we are. We're socializing to find out who our neighbors are," said Brookwood Homeowners Association President Flora Odom-Flagg.
Jackson Police, Hinds County deputies and representatives from the District Attorney's Office spoke to the group.
More than 200 homes are in the organization.
"It's important for us to know that they are behind us in trying to deter crime in our neighborhood. Since we've been annexed the City of Jackson has made a huge presence in our neighborhood," said Brookwood Homeowners Association Treasurer Shirley Sherman.
In Byram at the Reserve Apartments, police demonstrated sirens and lights for the children at this night out event.
Hinds County deputies and newly elected city officials also attended.
There was grilling on the patio and lots of mingling.
"We've got to come together to protect our neighborhood just to show that we are all behind each other, and it doesn't just take one individual. It takes no only an apartment complex, but it takes a whole community," said Reserve of Byram resident Danny Ball.
"The crime in the Reserve of Byram is very low. We hear minimal about it and we also have monthly meetings, and we come out and get to meet our neighbors as well as do walk arounds," said Reserve resident Nikki Manning.
The gatherings were moved to the fall to avoid the heat of the National Night Out events in August.
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