Greensboro neighborhoods sponsor National Night Out events

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Neighborhoods across Greensboro sponsored National Night Out events Tuesday evening, encouraging neighbors to meet one another and discuss crime prevention.

Volunteers like Carolyn Draper at Immanuel Baptist Church in Greensboro spent the day making cookies and cooking up hot dogs for the Ardmore Park event off Florida Street in Greensboro.

"We've been trying to reach out to this community for years," she explained. "I thought this would be a good way to work with the community and also have a fun event and introduce ourselves to the community."

A night of fun activities is a less threatening way to discuss more serious topics, she said, such as religion and community crime.

"We just want them to know as long as they're in this neighborhood, they can come to this church as a refuge," Draper promised. "We are God's people and just want to be a light on this neighborhood."

Also in Greensboro, Susan Wallace lives in a neighborhood near Holden Road.

“I’m excited to meet neighbors who just moved in. We can remind each other what's important about the community, the neighbors, safety, keep an eye on each other as we go on vacation," she pointed out.

She says after five years, this time together has really made a difference.

"Our crime rate has gone down quite a bit since we've been meeting," she said. "I think that's really helped with us being reminded of what to do, and call the police if we have a concern."