Residents in 13 Westerville neighborhoods, with the support of police, will head outside Tuesday night to show their commitment to watching over their streets.

Residents in 13 Westerville neighborhoods, with the support of police, will head outside Tuesday night to show their commitment to watching over their streets.

As part of National Night Out, an estimated 800 residents will have block parties and potlucks, accompanied by games, entertainment and prizes. Twenty members of the police department will be out to talk to residents, display cruisers and introduce kids to McGruff the Crime Dog.

"We want people elsewhere that aren't participating to see that these people are active and take responsibility for their neighborhoods," said Carrie Ryan, Westerville police crime prevention specialist. "We want them to know that we are active in Westerville, and we are proactive in preventing crime."

Ryan said she is pleased that 13 of Westerville's 30 neighborhoods are participating in this year's event. She said many that aren't participating have neighborhood events planned for other nights.

National Night Out in Westerville, Ryan said, is another opportunity for police to show their support for and socialize with the residents who monitor their neighborhoods.

"We basically just visit with the people all night," she said. "We try to give them as much support as we can."

National Night Out events will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the following locations:

College Crest loop, in the College Crest neighborhood.

700 block of Granby Place East, in the Annehurst neighborhood.

650 block of Old Coach Road, in the Annehurst neighborhood.

Abbotsbury Court, in the Walnut Glen neighborhood.

90 block of Mariemont Drive North, in the Mariemont neighborhood.

Huber Village Park, in the Springborough neighborhood.

820 Applewood Lane, in the Meadowlake subdivision.

Walsingham Court, in McDot Farms.

770 block of Rebecca Avenue, in the Lakeland Estates subdivision.

Sassafras Way, in the College Knolls neighborhood.

Village Green Loop, in the Village Green subdivision.

Landing Loop North, for The Landing neighborhood

The corner of Sunbury Lake Bridge, near Sea Shell Drive and Bay Drive, for the Mariner's Cove subdivision.

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