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      National Night Out proves effective along the Grand Strand

      The 30th Annual National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 6.

      The crime-prevention effort is for citizens and public safety officers to get together to work on ways to promote crime and drug abuse prevention.

      These events often turn into block parties or cookouts and give public safety officers a chance to meet citizens in a more laid-back setting.

      "A neighborhood that doesn't know the police and police that don't know the neighborhood, that's not effective policing. It's not community-based policing, it's not successful policing. You could have a 500 man police department, but if no one knows each other, it's going to be ineffective," Officer Pete Woods with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said.

      Twelve neighborhoods throughout the city participated in this year's National Night Out.

      "They all come out and eat and hang out together, and it's really encouraging for them to call the police when they need to," Donna Ives, Property Manager for Sandygate Village in Myrtle Beach said.

      Officer Woods says he's seen lower crime numbers throughout the 22 crime watch neighborhoods since these national night out events have been going on.

      "It has tremendously affected every neighborhood," Woods said.