National Night Out event Tuesday

Commerce, Greenville – Tuesday night, both the Commerce and Greenville Police Departments will be among the many taking in the annual National Night Out event.

National Night Out was developed to encourage people in neighborhoods across the country to come together and get to know each other, while meeting with law enforcement authorities and learning ways to prevent crime in their communities.

Greenville Crime Prevention Officer Chris McCaslin says knowing your neighbors is a valuable tool in fighting crime.

''It's not only going to show the criminals that we're going to stand up against you, this is our neighborhood,'' says McCaslin.

''It's also a tool to get to know all your neighbors in the neighborhood, so then if you know your neighbor you're going to care about them and their property, and in turn they're going to care about you and your property.''

McCaslin says the event also helps open the line of communication between residents and police, providing additional assistance in the fight against crime.

At least 15 neighborhoods in Greenville have signed up to host activities tonight. In Commerce, festivities run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Park.