People in neighborhoods across the country are holding barbecues, ice cream socials and other events for National Night Out.
Angelique Ashby is the president of Creekside Neighborhood Association in Natomas. She says it’s all about building neighborhood spirit to fight crime.
“The more that we can be our own eyes and ears on the street and help the police department the better off we are in terms of preventing problems in our communities. Just get to know each other and feel comfortable going on vacation and asking your neighbors to pick up your newspaper and things like that.”
Laura Peck is with the Sacramento Police Department. She says as law enforcement agencies deal with dwindling resources, neighborhood watch programs will be a lot more vital.
“Now more than ever it’s really important that neighborhoods come together to help out local law enforcement because of the budget cuts and fewer officers on the street. We really need the help of the community to reduce the crime.”
More than 80 neighborhoods throughout the City of Sacramento are planning National Night Out events. Mayor Kevin Johnson along with local police and fire officials will be making appearances at some of those events.