Lawrence residents gather with police for National Night Out


People in Lawrence stepped out to take a stand against crime in their neighborhood.

National Night Out has become a growing tradition in Lawrence's Crystal Point neighborhood where dozens of police officers pulled up Tuesday night with their lights flashing.

"They go out every day to support us and protect us and we want to say thank-you to them,” said the neighborhoods home owners association president Chelle Carey.

The community has always been a tight knit one with a crime watch organizers would like to see grow.

"If you see something out of the ordinary, bring it up. I mean, let's talk about it,” said resident Wayne Ingle.

PHOTO: Lawrence residents gathering for a community grill-out with police

"Those partnerships are invaluable for us when it comes to crime prevention and fighting crime,” said Lawrence Police Department Captain Gary Woodruff.

Two years ago, people who lived in Crystal Pointe saw dozens of car break ins and vandalism, but there's been nothing like it since. Residents said they don't take the relative calm for granted. They're still cautious.

"We have alarms. We take our precautions locking our doors to stay safe making sure our house is locked, car doors are locked, cause we don't want to be taken advantage of and be careless,” said neighbor Akim Barnett.

PHOTO: Police enjoy the opportunity for community and one-on-one interaction with residents

"We always stress to our homeowners to make sure they're outside lights are on. Make sure their garage doors are put down at night time,” said Carey.

Dozens of neighbors took the Blue Pledge to make their homes a safer place by taking a stand and calling 9-1-1 to report crime, if they see one.

"The pledge is the right thing to do. It's all or none and you know, we're all in this together,” said Wayne Ingle.