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South Dakota neighborhoods gather for National Night Out

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Crime watches across South Dakota and the nation are stepping outside for National Night Out Tuesday.

It's the 29th Annual National Night Out this year—which is held on the first Tuesday of every August. 10 communities in South Dakota and 15,325 nationwide are participating in the communities' stance against crime.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness through neighborhood watch programs. Jim Larson, Administrative Services with Sioux Falls Police Department, says the event tells crime it isn't wanted.

The Sioux Falls police chief and other officers are stopping at the eight Night Out locations in Sioux Falls Tuesday. Larson says police will be talking with residents and answering questions. Larson says National Night Out is primarily a social event to promote neighborhood unification.

"It's a way for these neighborhoods to unify and create a front against criminal activity, be aware of each other, know what they community is and voice their concerns," Larson says.

Larson says studies have shown neighborhood crime watches work because neighbors will care for one another. He says the only ones who know the neighborhood best are the people who live there.

"They know that if somebody's walking around at three 'o'clock in the morning this is unusual. They call us and now the next thing we know we have prevented burglaries," Larson says.

South Dakota communities involved in this year's National Night Out include: Aberdeen, Box Elder, Elgin, Huron, Madison, North Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Sisseton, Vermillion and Watertown

Here's a list of the National Night Out locations in South Dakota:

Sioux Falls

  •             701 S. Churchill starts at 6:30 p.m.
  •             Knights of Columbus Hall starts at 5:30 p.m.
  •             3017 W. 32nd Street starts at 6:15 p.m.
  •             2701 S. Glendale starts at 6:30 p.m.
  •             Trinity Baptist Church starts at 6 p.m.
  •             929 S. Harrington starts at 6 p.m.
  •             First Methodist Church starts at 7:30 p.m.
  •             227 S. Holly starts at 6:30 p.m.

Aberdeen:

  •             Target Store starts at 5 p.m.

Watertown:

  •             Police Department downtown starts at 6 p.m.

Huron:

  •             Campbell Park starts at 5 p.m.
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