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Neighbors fight crime on "National Night Out"

Officers marked the 31st Annual National Night Out by hosting hundreds of local kids and their families at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. (Source: WECT) Officers marked the 31st Annual National Night Out by hosting hundreds of local kids and their families at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. (Source: WECT)
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -

Authorities in Carolina Beach are cracking down on crime in the community.

Officers marked the 31st Annual National Night Out Tuesday night by hosting hundreds of local kids and their families at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

The event aims to teach people more about safety and crime prevention. With the ever increasing awareness of crime activity nationwide, police say it's very important to re-establish their connection with the community.

While the message of National Night Out is very serious, the events are light spirited and offer people a chance to interact with police, firefighters, and city officials in a positive and safe setting.

Frisbee tossing, face painting, and even a fun magic show filled the boardwalk of Carolina beach.

Officers also handed out free bike helmets and worked to make ID cards for all of the children, so they can be identified in case of an emergency.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon says fighting crime is a year round effort that takes support from the entire community.

"I'm out in the community as much as possible because we need to be there building those relationships and being a part of the community," said McMahon. "So when something happens, they're used to seeing us. They trust us. They give us the information. Together, we keep this area as safe as possible."

McMahon said Tuesday was a night to celebrate crime prevention successes and work ahead to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days of the year.

National Night Out now involves nearly 40 million people across more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states of the U.S.A.

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