Wylam hopes National Night Out helps paint a new picture


[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1375848385&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4202614&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1375848385 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- Towns, cities, and counties across the nation celebrated the 29th annual “National Night Out.” In Wylam, however, a group led by Charlicia Heard celebrated their FIRST annual event. “We want to get more involved in the neighborhood, more affiliated with our neighbors,” she said while preparing for a small cookout with family and friends. “We want to prevent crime from happening around our houses as much as we can.”

The goal of “National Night Out” is to help strengthen the relationships between various law enforcement agencies and their communities. The Wylam gathering was one of roughly 23 events around Birmingham.

Heard understands the world won’t change overnight. She does hope, however, that Tuesday night is the beginning of changed behaviors and actions in her community. She said, “The criminals, if they see us communicating and they see us looking out for one another, I don’t think they’ll come around as much.”

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