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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Communities across the nation are celebrating what they call, National Night Out. An opportunity for neighborhoods to come together and rase awareness about crime and drug use. A movement the Second Street area of Bangor joined Tuesday night.

It's not uncommon to hearabout crimesoccurring in that area, which is why community members formed the West Side NeighborhoodWatch. Around 20 members from Second, Third, Sanford, and Warren Streets keep each other informed about their neighborhood and what goes on. They along with the East Side Neighborhood Watch organizedTuesday's event to let folks know what they're doing to try to make the city a safer place. Efforts that many, like Stephanie Poole who has lived in the area for four years, say are working in big ways to reduce crime.

"I feel like this gives the neighborhood a chance to prove to people that it's not like it used to be and that we're actually stepping up and doing something to prevent the dangers that are around Bangor," said Poole.

To find outhow you can be a part ofeither Bangor'sEast or West Side Neighborhood Watches, you can contact Jason McAmbly with the Bangor Police department by calling 947-7384 ext. 4228.

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