MARBLE FALLS — One of the best ways to prevent crime is by getting to know your neighbors; that way, you tend to look out for each other.
On Oct. 6, the annual National Night Out is a great way to do just that. Several Highland Lakes communities, including Marble Falls, Burnet and Cottonwood Shores, are hosting National Night Out events.
National Night Out started as a way to encourage people to get out of their homes, at least one night a year, and get to know their neighbors. Communities also host events, festivities and even block parties to celebrate the day.
In Marble Falls, the Marble Falls police and first responders are gathering at Johnson Park, 230 South Ave. J, from 5-7 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. With registration, people can get a hot dog, chips and a drink.
People can enjoy a plethora of activities including a kids’ paintball range, a jaws-of-life demonstration, emergency vehicles, the Air Evac helicopter, bounce houses and more.
Officials are asking people to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Helping Center of Marble Falls.
In Burnet, folks can converge on the Wallace Riddell Park behind the Burnet Police Department, 105 S. Romberg St., from 6-8 p.m.
Residents can come out and meet the Burnet police officers, fire and EMS personnel.
There will be free food and drinks, but they’ll also have kids’ safety identification kits, finger printing, safety education items and more.
The Burnet Police Department Explorer Post 300 is sponsoring the event.
Over in Cottonwood Shores, the community is invited to the Cottonwood Shores Fire Hall from 7-9 p.m. for the city’s National Night Out event. The fire hall is located at 610 Birch Lane.
While the fun and festivities are great, National Night Out is also about meeting and getting to know the first responders, police and your neighbors.
Law enforcement officials say when people are more in tune and engaged with their neighborhood and law enforcements, it makes for a safer community for everyone.