Residents took to the streets to meet neighbors and step up against crime on Tuesday night.
From Clinton Heights to Grove City, and every place in between, central Ohioans celebrated National Night Out.
"It's a great opportunity to break bread and kind of talk about community and things we need to do to be a better community," said Emmanuel Remy, of the Clinton Estates Civic Association.
Hilltop neighbors celebrated its eighth annual event.
"When you have good neighbors it really brings up the community and it makes you feel better about where you live," Justin Boggs, of the Ogden Avenue Block Watch said.
The Hilltop's success with the event inspired its neighbor to the east.
"Last year was our first National Night Out event in Franklinton in over 10 years," Franklinton National Night Out's Pat Marvin said.
Marvin said that after attending the Hilltop's event a few years ago, she decided it was just what Franklinton needed.
"We had over 500 people last year and I think even more this year," Marvin said.
Worthington Police Chief James Mosic said that it could start with something as simple as neighbor meeting neighbor.
"A strong neighborhood identity helps us fight crime in the neighborhood. So we encourage residents to come out, get to know each other," Mosic said.
The community gathering is about building bonds and fighting back.
"It's lights on, crime out," Marvin said. "We want our streets back, we want the crime and violence to stop. We want a safe place for our kids to be."
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