The city of Seattle will celebrate the 29th Annual Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday evening. Shanna Christie with the Seattle Police Department joined KING 5 to describe the event and discuss why it's important.

The reason we love it is anytime you get out and meet your neighbors, you're going to have a safer community, Christie said. A lot of times its kind of nerve-wracking to go out and make that first push and tonight gives you that opportunity to take that step. If you see a party going on down your street, walk down and talk to people and get to know your neighbors.

Last year, 1,366 events were registered to participate in Seattle, and around 1,400 are expected this year as well.

The best way to help police keep the neighborhoods safe is to report any emergencies and crimes, Christie said. If it's not an emergency, there is a line at (206) 625-5011 for non-emergency crimes that did not just occur and nuisance activity.

Other ways to get to know neighbors and protect the neighborhood against crime is to start a Block Watch group.

More information about Night Out can be found at

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