For the past 25 years the Houston Police department has taken part in National Night Out, encouraging neighbors to get out and meet each other. Some throw block parties, some just knock on doors to say hi. This is Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
“It is a wonderful mechanism to allow neighbors to get to know neighbors, to talk about issues, beyond the issues of public safety, and it is a wonderful bonding experience for the communities that participate.”
Parker is remembers the days following Hurricane Ike and how many people who didn’t know each other were out in their front yards, talking, sharing stories, even cooking and sharing food.
“Neighborhoods were strengthened by the fact the people got to know each other. Well, this is a positive activity that allows us to do that same thing and we want to see it grow every year, more of us come out of our homes, turn on our porch lights, visit with each other, and make the night safer for all of us.”
The goal is for neighbors to know each other, and therefore, know who should and shouldn’t be on their streets. This is HPD Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin.
“This is a great night to say ‘hey, it’s national night out. I want to let you know that I care about you. I know you care about me and I I’m going to be looking after you and your property.'”
National Night Out takes place between 6 and 9pm. It is up to each neighborhood to organize its own activities.