Hundreds of Coastal Bend residents came together Tuesday night to symbolically take a bite out of crime for the annual National Night Out.
It's an annual event to help prevent crime and encourage friendly neighborhood interaction. The kickoff was held in the parking lot of Sams Club, where even the Corpus Christi Police Department's brand new mounted horse patrol got in on the action.
Meanwhile, across town at the La Armada Apartments, National Night Out was celebrated with cake walks and caped crusaders.
"Our staff and some residents dressed up as their favorite superhero, and they are promoting being a hero, taking a fight against crime in your neighborhood," event organizer Marisa Smithwick said.
Over at Hamlin Middle School, students helped turn their cafeteria into a party place, and as the sun went down, in neighborhoods like Brighton Village, residents gathered for food, company and to figure out ways to fight back against crime.
A police cruiser isn't normally something you want to see parked outside of your home, but on National Night Out, it's was a welcome sight.
"We are really a close neighborhood," said Krista Welch, a Brighton Village resident. "Everyone knows each others' phone number. Pick up the phone and say, 'Hey, someone is at your house. Do you know who they are?'"
"I had my camera with me and I saw a car. Take a picture. Nah, I don't need to take a picture," resident Tony Garcia said. "Turns out that brand new car was involved in a crime at that house. If you see something that's unusual, I learned the hard way, write the license plate number down."
Officers stopped by as many block parties as they could to introduce themselves, and give some good advice on how residents can protect themselves and their neighbors.
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