National Night Out in Western New York

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 11:25 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 11:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) -- For more than 25 years...people have been taking part in National Night Out. It's a chance to get to know your neighbor and to learn ways to keep your home safe. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown passed out information for senior citizens at the Baptist Manor Apartments on Linwood Avenue. It's one of several National Night Out events he will attend and only one of dozens taking place throughout the city. "The most critical thing is for neighbors to look out for each other....for neighbors to keep an eye on thing in the neighborhood. If they see something that looks out of the ordinary, that looks out of order, that doesn't look right...to report it to the proper authorities," remarked Buffalo Mayor Brown.

More than 40 groups set up displays in the Village of Depew. Fireman's Park was packed with residents who came out to see the emergency responders and local service agencies. "It promotes safety and strength in the community...gives people a chance to really come out...have a night out in the park and meet their local agencies and have contact with them besides when they are calling 9-1-1 and see what is available. There are a lot of agencies here that people probably don't even know are available," said David Anthony, chairman of Depew Night Out.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department Air One helicopter made visit to the park and what would an anti crime event be without a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog? The Depew High School Alumni Band was on hand to provide musical entertainment. There was a lot to keep the kids entertained too. Police agencies got to show residents how ready they are for emergency situations. The village fire department gave kids some hands on firefighting experience. Emergency responders of all types were there to demonstrate how prepared they are.

"We always want our kids to learn and to grow and to learn about all the different public services...the firemen and the policemen here around town," said Jennifer Wiese, a Depew resident. Last year, 37 million people in the U.S. and Canada took part in National Night Out. For more than 25 years...people have been taking part in National Night Out.