PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As part of National Night Out, folks in Philadelphia were doing thier part to make their neighborhoods safer Tuesday evening.

The 28th annual National Night Out was a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, or NATW.

“Communities are urged to come out and take back their streets,” said Tanya Brown, community relations officer with the 6th district police department.

And National Night Out doesn’t only take place in Philadelphia communities, it takes place all across the country, in fact last year 37 million participated in this event:

“National Night out is celebrated in different ways in different areas. Some people have block parties or barbecues.”

Brown has tips for people looking to make their communities safer:

“I usually urge people to sweep in front of their properties, talk to their neighbors, and if a group of people come out to do it at the same time, it’s a deterrent to crime.”

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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