National Night Out finds success in Spartanburg neighborhood - FOX Carolina 21

National Night Out finds success in Spartanburg neighborhood

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One of many National Night Out events held in Spartanburg on Tuesday. (Aug. 7, 2012/FOX Carolina) One of many National Night Out events held in Spartanburg on Tuesday. (Aug. 7, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Tuesday was America's night out. It was a chance for neighbors and law enforcement to come together and stop crime.

"It's an opportunity for us to re-connect with neighborhoods. We are already connected but we get to get a little more personal and get to listen to some of their problems or issues they have going on in the neighborhood," said Officer Randy Hardy, who is over crime prevention in Spartanburg.

He said Converse Heights is just one neighborhood where the crime stats have gone down. These days neighbors said all they worry about is the rare minor theft. 

"Well I think we have had our fair share of car break-ins and that sort of thing so it was a good opportunity to at least talk with our local police officers. The mayor was here so it was good to voice those concerns," said Josh Page, a neighborhood organizer for National Night Out.

Neighbors said the first step in dealing with crime concerns is to meet the person living next door and know who lives in the area.

"We have a lot of people in the neighborhood that walk around and jog... to come up and see them close up and meet them is great," said Leonard Nesbit who lives in the Converse Heights neighborhood.

Simply put, neighborhood crime and drug prevention boils down to neighbors being neighbors.

"If someone is out of town we try to keep an eye out on their house and not let the newspapers stack up and things like that," said Wesley Hammond who lives in Converse Heights.

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