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Local communities celebrate National Night Out

Posted August 2, 2011 9:45 p.m. EDT
Updated August 3, 2011 5:58 a.m. EDT

— Communities across the Triangle banded together to take a stand against crime during National Night Out events Tuesday.

National Night Out aims to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention and to generate support for anti-crime efforts. Events were held across the country Tuesday night.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez and his wife celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary at the National Night Out event in the Walltown community. 

"We have to come out here and support the neighborhood that supports us," Lopez said. 

Target sponsors National Night Out, so many events took place at Target stores. 

In Wake Forest, food, prizes and church choirs highlighted the National Night Out event at the Target Superstore, 12000 Retail Dr.

Cary celebrated National Night Out with a special event outside Cary Towne Center's food court. Members from Cary’s Emergency Response Team, K9 Unit and Project PHOENIX were on hand to answer questions.

Raleigh marked the night with 23 celebrations across the city, including events at the Target stores at North Hills and Brier Creek.