National Night Out Against Crime

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2009 at 11:25 PM EDT

It's a night to take a stand against crime by getting to know one another a little better.

Tonight, we'll show you how people in our area were celebrating National Night Out.

We start with Action News Reporter Reed Buterbaugh in Binghamton.

It was a festive atmosphere at the Murray Street Park in Binghamton.

For those with two and four legs.

"Fun and excitement to show them off it's always that to show your dog off." said Verties Torean of Binghamton.

But National night out wasn't for the dogs.

It allowed neighbors, and the men and women who protect them, to introduce themselves.

"It's a chance for people who don't know other people the community to and actually have a chance to meet and shake hands that's what it's really about," said Andrew Daniels of Binghamton.

This year's theme was a going away party for crime.

Held at seven spots throughout the city the night out aimed at bringing people of all ages together.

"It's showed me there is a lot of good in the community if we come together we can make it better and happier so everyone can enjoy it themselves," Ta-Keen Powell of Binghamton.

As the night winds down, everyone's going to be coming here, to Sheri Lindsay Park on the Northside. For one last hurrah of community building.

"People of all races, people coming together and coming to contribute to one goal, making everybody smile that's what we need right now," Hassen Reid of Binghamton.

This National Night Out seems to be doing the trick.

Binghamton wasn't the only place people were uniting against crime.

Here in Endicott, the Neighborhood Watch Council and Police Department teamed up for this National Night Out event.

There were demonstrations by the bomb squad, a child ID program, and raffles and bake sale.

Proceeds of which will help buy Neighborhood Watch signs.

"When criminals are looking to victimize someone, they victimize someone who's not aware that they're being victimized, and someone who's not inclined to do anything," said Laurie Sorensen with Endicott Neighborhood Watch. "The neighborhood watch signs let criminals know that there's folks here who have banded together in an effort against crime."

Cars and a cookout highlighted National Night out events here in Vestal.

All classes of cars were welcome to cruise in and make a pit stop here in the Parkway Plaza.

Including Vestal's emergency response vehicles.

Proceeds from the barbecue are being donated to the Broome County Crime Victims Assistance Center, which was on hand to tell people about its work.

"We mostly end up working with domestic violence, sexual assault and child sex abuse cases, but certainly it's open to robbery, DWI families, and everybody in between," said Raini Baudendiste of the Crime Victims Assistance Center.

And in the Town of Maine, the Broome County Sheriff's Office encouraged people to come out to the park to have fun, and learn how to help keep their community safe.

The event included a K9 demonstration, plenty of information to help heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and a child safety seat installation and inspection station.

"It was pretty difficult getting it actually as tight as it should be. Getting it secure. I think it's extremely helpful to have someone help you do it," said Tony Lupe of Endicott.

National Night Out events took place across the nation tonight.

For more information log on to www.national night out.org.

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