H-SANTA MARIA

Aug 7, 2013 1:44 AM by Ed Zuchelli, KSBY News

Central Coast cities join "National Night Out"

People across the Central Coast joined thousands of communities worldwide for the 30th Annual "National Night Out".

The program's aim is crime and drug prevention.

More than 37 million people were expected to participate.

They were asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

Event organizers say the night also helps to strengthen police-community partnerships.

Tuesday night was the first night Santa Maria had taken part in the event in ten years.

"We're celebrating community and bringing all of these people together to learn about having a safe neighborhood," said Dennis Smitherman of the Santa Maria City Recreation and Parks Department.

Lompoc and morro bay are some of the cities participating in the event.

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