COLLEGE STATION -- It isn't unusual for a police officer to respond to a house party or a noise disturbance call, especially since College Station is a university town.
But for once police are actually encouraging residents to throw big block parties and this time when they show up, they won't make you shut it down.
Earlier tonight people in both College Station and Bryan celebrated National Night Out to try and lower crime statistics, which have been going up in College Station.
While police are your first line of defense, Jessica Guidry thinks your neighbors can be too.
"Meet your neighbors so that way you know if there is a strange car out there. Or if there are teenagers who live next door that have 10 friends and then that's normal for them to have lots of cars. That way you're comfortable saying, hey I'm going out of town for the weekend can you watch my house, those kinds of things," Guidry said.
Police officers and firefighters also attended the various block parties so neighbors could meet those that patrol their area.