Six Midlothian neighborhoods are preparing for National Night Out event on Oct. 4.

National Night Out events are held across the state on Oct. 4 in an effort to reduce and prevent crime by building relationships between neighbors and neighborhoods and police officers, said Billy Seals, Midlothian Police Department crime prevention specialist.

“It is a whole lot easier to look out for someone you know,” Seals explained. “These were organized by our citizens who are buying into fighting crime by working with the police department and each other. I'm hoping this is the catalyst that brings the larger neighborhood together.”

The six neighborhoods hosting events this year are the Overlook Addition, Old Town near downtown Midlothian, the Rosebud Addition, Spring Creek Addition, Midlothian Meadows and Texana Ranch. Each neighborhood organized it's own event but most will start around 5:30 p.m. and run until about 8 p.m., Seals said. An officer will be assigned to each event to answer questions and meet residents.

The neighborhoods are scattered evenly across the community, he said, something that was not planned but reflects the community spirit.

“It just so happened that there is one in each quadrant of the city and one downtown,” Seals said. “Our citizens in Midlothian are an extremely great group of people. The citizens here really back the police department.”

The police department and the neighborhoods started planning these events back in March and they haven't already happened, Seals said, he is already looking forward to next year.

“I hope next year we have double the locations as this year,” he said.

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