A night out is giving area residents a chance to take
back their neighborhoods.
National Night Out
The night is put on by Neighborhood Watch groups and
local police departments.
Police says the celebration gives residents a chance
stand up to criminals.
showing them that crime won't be tolerated where they
And for police it's a way to connect with residents
on a personal level.
People have these events in their garages in their
ally you know in their parking lots or their business
so once we get to start talking to people and get
to know them a little better they tend to open up
more and we can actually figure out what's going on
in their neighborhoods.
For one resident.
the night isn't just about standing up to crime.
it's also about reconnecting with friends who live
in the nieghborhood.
I just like to interact with my nieghbors, the ones
I haven't seen in a long time.
National Night out
Onalaska joined the celebration in 2009.