Tuesday, neighborhood watch groups and law enforcement are uniting for National Night Out in Albemarle County.
The Target parking lot in the Hollymead Town Center will host the family friendly event, while similar ones take place across the country.
Parents can bring their kids and bicycles, and even get a free helmet if they don't have one. There will also be a free bicycle safety course and a "texting while driving" simulator.
Officer Steve Watson, a crime prevention specialist with the Albemarle County Police Department, says preventing crime in neighborhoods should be a collaborative effort between households and law enforcement.
"If you have 20 sets of eyes watching a neighborhood to make sure crime is not occurring, it's a lot better than one officer that is able to come through once, twice, three times a night," Officer Watson said.
The National Night Out event at the Target in Albemarle County is a free community event. It runs Tuesday night from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M.
To find out more information about the National Night Out organization click here.
Jennifer Von Reuter joined the NBC29 news team in June 2009 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining NBC29, Jennifer worked as an anchor and reporter for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story