Mexia News Editorial: Join in Mexia’s NNO celebration

Do you know the names and faces of the police officers and firefighters who protect the Mexia community?
Would you recognize if something was out of place or odd on your street or with your neighbor’s house? Do you know your neighbors well enough to recognize a potential problem?
There was a time in every community where the answer to all these questions was a resounding “yes”. But today, even in small communities like Mexia it is not always the case.
The Mexia Police Department wants to make sure we are all safe, comfortable and prepared for the worst and is doing so in the most entertaining way possible.
Mexia’s third-annual National Night Out celebration will take place in Hughes City Park, 600 E. Glendale, from 6-9 p.m. with plenty of activities, fun and opportunities to meet and greet neighbors and public servants.
Why not use this as an opportunity to renew old friendships, make new ones and help keep your neighborhood safe all at once?
Keeping the community safe is not simply about responding to calls of criminal activity, but about preventing them in the first place.
The Mexia Police Department is charged with keeping us safe in our homes, but with a limited number of sworn officers to maintain order and safety in the city, it becomes impossible to be everywhere and see everything. That’s where we come in.
We can become the eyes and ears for the police department and help keep our own families safe. But we can’t do that without knowing about our neighbors.
We need to know them, be on first name basis and be able to recognize when something is not right.
Community safety is a responsibility we all share and if we do not care about our neighbors, who will? Neighborhood security is critical to us all, because crime does not occur at one house. It may begin there, but eventually it will impact everyone on your street. And no one wants to wish they had done something or said something after it is too late.
Tuesday night is the perfect opportunity to share some laughs, some food and get to know those we live next door and down the street.
It is also a great opportunity to share concerns and to enjoy a visit from local officers who can share tips on keeping your neighborhood safe.
The parties can prove to be a lot of fun and you might be surprised how much safer you feel and how much better you sleep.