National Night Out
by: Capella Tucker, August 6, 2007 5:08:00 am
National Night Out activities vary from simple lemonade and root beer float stands to neighborhood block parties. The National Association of Town Watch started the National Night Out tradition and cities can compete for largest turn-out. San Antonio ranked first last year with Houston being second. HPD Chief Harold Hurtt says the idea is to increase community safety.
"So tomorrow is going to be our opportunity to make a statement to the bad guy. We're in charge, we have the power, we have the influence, and we will be successful. As we look at the crime stats in the city of Houston, as compared to last year, we have a downward trend in homicides and violent offenses. We do still have challenges in the areas of burglaries and thefts."
Hurtt says police programs are targeting those problem areas. Officials say Houston Police substations have all the information necessary for more communities to have National Night Out programs. Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.