TYLER (KYTX) - Being safe in Tyler neighborhoods is exactly what the Texans Against Crime initiative is all about...
It's Tyler's version of national night out.
It's a gathering of local law enforcement and dozens of neighborhood residents to raise awareness and create a unity in stopping crime.
"If everybody is active and cares about the community--they come out and they're going to work and respect the community that much better," said Swindle.
Chief Swindle is a believer.
He says events like Texans Against Crime have lowered the crime rate in Tyler.
"People care about the community and when they care about the community, they may not throw the trash down..they may not find abandoned buildings and throw a rock," said Swindle.
People from all over Tyler come out to a central block party at the Municipal Court where there's music, food and even special performances from city leaders, but the point of it was was to allow people get to know their neighbors in hopes to stand up against crime.
"I just think that it's really important for the community to be able to get together and meet each other and for our kids to be able to come out and have fun," said Camie Bass, Participant.
A few miles down the road, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission held its first Texans Against Crime party and organizers say they expect a lot of good to come from it.
"That's one of the things, the homeless is a neighborhood and this gives us an opportunity to connect with the neighborhood as well," said Burger.
With more than 100 participating neighborhood, city leaders are encouraged.
"We're not worried about crime because we know we can stand up against crime and this is a great time to show pride in our community," said Tyler Mayor Martin Heines.
For those of you looking forward to getting involved next year, the easiest way to do so would be to contact the Tyler Police Department or either your neighborhood watch leader to find out if your neighborhood is participating.
Tyler Police Department: (903) 531-1090