Binghamton,NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton is taking action to reduce crime by asking the community to join the fight.
Binghamton's National Night Out is celebrating 18 years of the event being held locally. It's part of the National Night Out that happens around the same time each year across the country.
The goal of the annual event is banding together neighborhoods and their police forces, and sending a strong message to criminals that they're watching.
The local celebration will take place Aug. 6 at seven different locations around Binghamton.
Hands of Hope Ministries, an organizer of the event, said during an press conference Monday that crime hits close to home for them.
"One of the pastors at my church had his car stolen in the driveway right next to his house. This was the second time in a month. My church got broken into twice by the same person," said Henry Ausby with the Hands of Hope Ministries.
National Night Out will be held at Saratoga Apartments, Carlisle Apartments, Columbus Park, Fairview Park, the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton, Broome County Library and Cheri A. Lindsey Park.