Peoria residents celebrate National Night Out Against Crime

By WEEK Producer

August 7, 2013 Updated Aug 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Dozens of Peoria neighborhoods are partying with a purpose tonight.

They are celebrating the 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime.

The National Night Out Against Crime is a time for residents, businesses, police and other authorities to come together, enjoy some food and get to know each other, so they can take back their streets.

In the East Bluff Neighborhood, community members are preparing to step off for a Peace Walk.

It's the second year for display of unity. Last year, more than 100 people participated and it's another big crowd tonight.

For the last eight years, Steve Fairbanks has coordinated the event and says community members get tired of hearing about all the crime.

He says tonight is the night to show they know what is going and care about making a difference.

"We have to break out of our own shells to come and meet each other before we start addressing some of the crime issues like kids wandering the streets with no parental supervision,” said Fairbanks. “This is a kind of thing as adults we need to reach out to these kids and show them there's other thing to do besides that."

Some Night Out events are going on until 8 p.m.

To find an event near you, visit www.peoriagov.org.

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