Across the nation communities came together Tuesday for the annual National Night Out.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Across the nation communities came together Tuesday for the annual National Night Out.

"I think of it as taking back the night, its an opportunity for neighbors to come out in the community, for neighbors to socialize, network and hangout," said Earlewood Neighborhood President Rebecca Haynes.

Members of the Earlewood community spent the night rubbing elbows with law enforcement, showing that they are united and sending a message to criminals.

Haynes says that unity has caused crime to decrease.

"We are active, we communicate with each other, we are all over social media, we have each other's phone numbers and the criminal community needs to know that if they don't already know that. But I have a feeling they do. "

There were food and games for the kids. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook says it makes him feel good to see that so many neighborhoods in the area take part in the national event.

"It's an opportunity to interact with the neighborhood as well as humanize law enforcement a little bit. It also gives us an opportunity to talk about our initiatives and crime prevention," said Holbrook.

"We feel safe because we know they will do their job," said Mrs. Lib Davis.

If anyone can tell you a thing or two about the progress that's been made when it comes to working with law enforcement, its Mrs. Lib Davis.

She is turning 100 and has lived in the Earlewood community for most of her life.

"I've seen it change a lot but in the meantime I will have to say its been wonderful, through the good and the bad. The good has outweighed the bad in the long run," said Davis.

National Night Out is about community and coming together, something others say Mrs. Davis has embodied every day of her life.

"I'm just thankful that I am here tonight and with all of these people that I have known over the years and new ones that I haven't met."

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