RED OAK The city of Red Oak has designated Tuesday, Oct. 2 as Red Oak Night Out.

This special night involves citizens, city officials, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses and neighborhood organizations coming together to find ways to stop crime.

It is designed to heighten crime prevention efforts and community awareness, generate support for, and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Red Oak Police Chief Craig Rudolph stressed this is a great way for his department to connect with the community, but its also a great opportunity for neighbors to get out and meet each other.

The people in our community are the eyes and ears for us, Rudolph said. We appreciate what everyone does for us as they keep an eye on their neighborhoods. We also hope that this night gives neighbors a chance to get out and meet each other. This can make a difference when suspicious behavior becomes a part of a daily routine.

Rudolph added that when neighbors get to know each other, when something seems out of the ordinary in the neighborhood, then they could make that much needed call to the Red Oak Police Department.

On the day of the event, its recommended that homeowners leave their outdoor lights on, particularly during the hours between 7-9 p.m.

This is also a great event for neighborhood watch groups to incorporate, which could include block parties, cookouts, ice cream socials, visits from local police, contests/games and youth programs.

If you or your neighborhood watch group would like more information or a visit from a city official during your event, contact Red Oak Police Officer Nathan Bickerstaff at 469 218-7710 or email him at nbickerstaff@redoaktx.org.

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