Communities plan National Night Out events

A National Night Out event at Schiller Park on July 31, 2019 (WBNS-TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - National Night Out is about relationships and the common goal of making the community safer and better.

“The purpose really of doing this is so neighbors meet neighbors. We all share the same restaurants, the same places. Our kids go to the same schools,” said Merion Village Block Watch Captain, Dee Debenport.

For the first time Merion Village, German Village, and Schumacher Place came together as one to celebrate National Night Out in Columbus.

“We are frequently separated by an invisible boundary. Criminals don't know the invisible boundaries, only the residents. We are trying to break that invisible boundary,” Debenport said.

Across town, the Northwest Civic Association is also planning its first event.

“Everyone wants to have a sense of community. They want to understand their neighbors, they want to know their neighbors. They want to know what's going on in their area, both from a good and potentially bad point of view,” said Jean Wentzel, a member of the Northwest Civic Association.

With 70,000 people living in the area, in a lot of condos and apartments, Wentzel said that sense of community is sometimes lost.

She is hoping a night out, together, will have lasting impacts.

“It's great to get the service departments out with the community because a lot of people only see them during bad times, it's nice to see them during a good time and have fun with them,” said Northwest Civic Association member Donna Klopton.

You can find a list of local National Night Out events here.