Children saying goodbye to crime

By Kelly McCarthy

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton is having its youth take control of National Night Out. Before children were let loose to enjoy food, games, and face painting, they were taught a few lessons on how to prevent crimes such as working together as a community and knowing who to call for help.

Cities across the country are dedicating Aug. 6 as a time to band together and stop crime. National Night out is hosting events at seven different locations in Binghamton.

"They brought us out here for the people of Binghamton to be nicer," said young Jack Segrue of Binghamton.

Segrue said he thinks there are times when people should know how to prevent crime.

"Sometimes my dog barks and I think there's like bad people at my house," Segrue said.

National Night Out calls the party one with a purpose. It teaches children the benefits of community involvement and who to call for help.

"Teach them properly," said Robert Sostre of the Boys and Girls Club, "From when they're young and bring them up properly then we won't have a problem with crime because they'll know the difference between right and wrong."

Binghamton's theme this year is "Standing Together," and it's not just for National Night Out, but every day.

"We are not giving up on our neighborhoods," said Rev. Henry Ausby, "We're not giving up on our kids, we're not giving up on our parks, we're not giving up on anyone. We will be here, we will be fighting, we will continue to do that, but it's going to take all of us working together to accomplish it."

This party not only says goodbye to crime, but hello to a stronger community.