August 4, 2003 - Posted at: 4:28 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Local neighborhoods dedicated to fighting crime are ganging up for a national celebration.
The Department of Justice's "National Night Out Against Crime" encourages people to turn on their porch lights and get out and get acquainted with their neighbors. This year's event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5.
In central Jonesboro, a neighborhood playground is the place National Night Out organizers hope kids and their parents will meet to get to know their neighbors Tuesday night.
One local resident, C.J. Jackson, and his family will only have to walk out their front door to get in on the crime-fighting action. He says the cleaner neighborhood and the newer, community oriented police plans are working.
"It seems a lot safer," Jackson said. "Considering, you don't have as many people running from the police in the neighborhood, because you really don't have any place to hide."