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Residents step out for National Night Out

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

From the Capital City to the surrounding areas residents stepped out to take part in National Night Out celebrations Tuesday.

It's one time a year that neighbors and law enforcement can reconnect and stand united against crime.

There was a large turnout for National Night Out in Midtown where businesses and residents held their second annual event.

It was held at Project Innovation Afterschool where there were crafts and activities for the kids, as well as basketball and bounce houses.

You could get your blood pressure checked then stroll over to the grill for burgers and ribs.

"We have our schools here. We have Midtown Partners. We have clinics in the area. It's a one stop place for basically everything," said Midtown Neighborhood Association President Jennifer West.

There are about 25 families in the Midtown Neighborhood Association.

Sixty businesses are also in the area near Millsaps College.

"Everybody knows everybody and I think that's what we need to get back to that old school feeling of raising your children and knowing who your next door neighbor is because of your need to borrow that cup of sugar or you need their help with something they can help you and you can help them," added West.

About 40 neighborhood associations confirmed with the City of Jackson that they were holding block parties and cookouts.

In Madison, the Crescent Landing Homeowners Association also held their second annual event

"We've move it from August to October. We like October a whole lot better," said Crescent Landing Homeowner Association President Ken Raymond.

There are about 60 families in the organization.

"The best way to build good community is for the neighbors to know each other...to be able to say hi to the neighbors as you're walking down the street and get to know people that you might not know. Random acts of kindness always work, and we can help each other out if we need to," added Raymond.

Madison Police Officer Stephen King dropped by to visit with residents.

Kids rode their bikes on the cul-de-sac at Bayberry Lane and Woodbridge Drive while their parents talked about neighborhood news.

Madison police reported seven neighborhoods participating.

National Night Out is designed to send the message to criminals that the residents are organized and watching.

This is the 29th year the national celebration has been observed across the country.

According to the National Night Out web site, in 2011 more than 37 million people in over 15,000 communities participated in the annual event.

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