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Lansing Celebrates National Night Out

Tuesday night the city of Lansing hosted it's annual "National Night Out."

The goal of the event is to keep neighbors and police working together.

The event looked like your typical neighborhood barbeque but if you listen a little closer, neighbors and police are here to fight crime.

Teresa Szymanski, Lansing Police Chief: "Lets face it, we're in this together, we work together."

Chief Szymanski says when it comes to stopping crime, neighborhood watch is critical.

Szymanski: "Neighborhood watch has helped us catch criminals in the act, just a good neighbor reporting something that they see."

Those neighbors agree, it's working.

Patty Farhat, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator: "The police depend on us, we're the ears and eyes of the neighbors and we see things and we report it and a lot of times bad people are apprehended because of it."

Desiree Quinney: Neighbor: "We care. We come together and we know each other so that makes a big difference."

Something Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero agrees with.

Bernero: "This is the real strength of our community and this is really the way to fight crime. Criminals want nothing to do with a neighborhood like this that is active with neighbors involved and paying attention."

That's why the chief hopes this event will get even more people involved.

Szymanski: "We want our whole city to be a neighborhood watch."

Quinney: "We want a happy neighborhood, we want a happy community."

And it seems knowing your neighbor, is a good place to start.

About two dozen other neighborhoods across the city also took part in the event.

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