B/CS Neighborhoods Gear Up for National Night Out

By: Mike George and Meredith Stancik Email
By: Mike George and Meredith Stancik Email

Regardless of where you live in the Brazos Valley, someone you know has been a victim of crime.

Tuesday night in many communities, residents get out of their homes, police and firefighters pour into the neighborhoods and the streets are safe for National Night out.

About 70 neighborhoods across Bryan-College Station are hosting National Night Out events.

National Night out is really a good excuse or reason to get everyone out to meet each other, but what News 3 found out is those who live in neighborhoods that are the safest say it's what neighbors are doing every single day that does the most good.

Children play, mom's watch and talk, and the streets are safe and calm. It's not a scene out of the movie Pleasantville, but a cul-de-sac in a South College Station neighborhood. Here, neighbors make it their business to know each other.

"Because we know most of our neighbors we know generally who's in and out," Melissa Cunningham said.

A sharp eye and open communications is something Cunningham and everyone around her uses to keep in touch.

"We also have a very long email list so we can contact people about what's going on, and that was actually started last year at National Night Out," Cunningham said.

Across town in downtown Bryan, Bob Van Brunt dishes out hotdogs and gets a bunch more ready for National Night Out and his neighborhood festivities.

Van Brunt has been a part of National Night Out since the beginning, and just like his College Station counterpart, Van Brunt knows that strong ties and lots of talks with his neighbors keep his neighborhood safe.

"You know, I've been doing this for 28 years," Van Brunt said. "A large part due to a a lot of interaction. When people see something strange, since you know your neighbors, they'll report it very quickly."

National Night Out was moved from August to October because of the Texas summer heat.

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