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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- One question at the heart of National Night Out, is how well do you know your neighbors?
"The whole intent is just for neighbors to get out and meet each other and to look out for each other," said Sergeant Brian Swartswalter, with the Kennewick Police Department.
Police say this year the focus is on apartment complexes, where management and residents are always changing.
"If you go into a residential neighborhood with houses, you'll have people that have lived there for 20 years, you don't usually find that at apartment complexes," said Swartswalter.
We talked to one man who says talking to his neighbors usually doesn't go past small talk.
"Hello how you doing, good morning, you know, just the regular nothing special," said Renaldo Bailey, a man who lives at Heatherstone Apartments in Kennewick.
But Kennewick police say getting to know who's living around you can pay off.
"You might have a neighbor who works shift work and he comes out every night at midnight and starts up his car and leaves. If there isn't anybody out at midnight and all of a sudden you hear a car idling outside, that might be something to report," said Swartswalter.
A recent poll shows 57% of people in Washington are concerned about safety in their neighborhoods, but only 8% are part of a block watch program.
Staff at Heatherstone Apartments in Kennewick are trying their best to get the word around.
"These are the flyers that we've put around the property and sent out to our residents," said Terry Ann McAllister, Manager at Heatherstone Apartments.
But more than just a night for crime prevention, they want neighbors to have fun.
"Quail Ridge is providing a dunk tank and that will give residents the opportunity to dunk their managers and of course the Kennewick Police Department," said McAllister.