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Making neighborhoods safer, one person at a time

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It's a night that only comes around once a year with a message that extends year 'round.

National Night Out, when communities join with local law enforcement in an effort to fight crime. It's happening Tuesday all over the country, in thousands of neighborhoods including Sioux Falls.

"We have children and want to make sure they're safe in the neighborhood and others look out for them when they're out and about," Hope Bader said.

Dozens have made safety a priority in their particular neighborhoods and see the simple good in just knowing your neighbor... and lookin' out for them.

"We don't want to see what we saw last year in other parts of our country. We want people to be the eyes and ears and you see something suspicious, it's OK to call," Officer Jim Larson said.

In an age where crime, like the population, is growing fast, it's something everyone can learn - especially in Sioux Falls.

"We live on the corner of 6th and Prairie, busy and a lot going on. Not always good," Bev Oliver said. "Safety in the neighborhood for passerby's and residents, we want to be charitable and safe. It's good to have these ties with police, neighbors, the city and so forth."

"If you know the people who live by you, you'll look out for each other and they'll keep an eye for kids and property. If you didn't they probably wouldn't care and would just watch things go by and it doesn't matter, then they know you look out for them too," Bader said.

To get jump start a program and get involved in Neighborhood Watch in your community, click on the link at the top left hand corner of this page of call the Sioux Falls Police Administrative Services Division: (605) 367-7261.

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