Light up the night brings together neighbors working to fight crime

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Members of the community gathered at Light up the Night, which is an event put on by Toledo Neighborhood Block Watch Program and LMHA Tuesday night.

The event was geared towards people getting one-on-one opportunities to voice concerns in their neighborhood with police and city leaders.

"I've lived here 60 years. I've seen the good. I've seen the bad," said Sy Kreais, one of the Block Watch leaders. "We're bringing it back. We are bringing neighborhoods."

In addition, the symbol of the event, a lantern, was used to promote the simple action people can do at night to keep themselves safe.

"That really does help fight crime because they're not going to come to your door as quickly as they might if you have it dark," said Janet Beam of Block Watch.

Block Watch is always looking for fresh recruits but admits finding members of the youth to join is challenging.

"They're going to soccer and they have school plays and they have church and they're very involved in their communities but they're not including the block watch in that as an important part of their civic service and I wish they would," said Janet Mullikin, Chairman of Block Watch.

If you want to be a member of Block Watch, call Toledo Police Community Services at 419-245-1119 or e-mail Jane Mullikin at

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