32nd Annual National Night Out kicks off with cook-outs throughout Bibb County

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb residents are locking their doors, turning on porch lights and spending the evening outside with the law enforcement community.
   
It is all part of the 32nd annual observance of National Night Out, Tuesday. 
  
Macon-Bibb County fire department , sheriff’s office and neighborhood watch groups kicked-off the annual event at the historic terminal station, with a news conference.

Bibb County Sheriff, David Davis told the crowd neighbors should continue looking out for each other.

"When law enforcement and public safety bonds with the community show them that we’re serious about crime prevention and things that they can do to protect their communities," says Bibb County Sheriff David Davis.

Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief, Marvin Riggins told the crowd having smoke detectors in place, and an evacuation plan in the event of a house fire is essential in helping to save lives.

"We also are a part of what makes this community safe, and when we are out looking and talking with all the Neighborhood Watch Association Groups, we also want to be a part, to let them know that we are a part of the eyes and ears as a part of public safety as well," says Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief Marvin Riggins.

There were more than 40 National Night Out cook-outs going on throughout Bibb County.
 
Deputies and firefighters visited the neighborhoods to meet residents.

41NBC stopped by one of those events on Northbrook Avenue. The coordinator, Annie Cornelius, tells us the neighborhood watch group started in 2009. It’s goal is to keep crime out of that area. She adds events like National Night Out help create relationships between the neighborhood and law enforcement.

"The neighbors get to interact with each other and with law enforcement and talk to them about what they expect from them in their community," Cornelius said.

National Night Out started in 1984.