The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Editorials

October 4, 2008

Take part in National Night Out

Published Sun., Oct. 5, 2008

(Continued)



In Palestine on Tuesday, there will be multiple opportunities to attend block parties, including one scheduled to be held in the parking lot of the Museum for East Texas Culture at 400 Micheaux Ave. in Reagan Park.

Law enforcement and other emergency workers will attend some of Tuesday’s events, giving officers and local residents an opportunity to better develop community partnerships.

If you have used the “It’s too hot” reasoning to excuse yourself from participating in your neighborhood’s National Night Out activities in the past, we urge you to step outside of your comfort zone this year; enjoy a mild autumn evening; and get to know your neighbors a little better.

Without other measures and programs, National Night Out festivities may not eliminate or even significantly reduce crime in your neighborhood. However, the better-developed relationships can certainly serve to help combat crime and possibly even bring like-minded citizens together to create effective, year-round anti-crime programs.

In the long run, those partnerships could prevent you becoming a victim of crime.

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