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People gather for National Night Out

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- People across the United States locked their doors and went outside Tuesday for the 29th annual National Night Out.

The idea behind National Night Out is to get people talking about developing neighborhood watches in order to prevent crime.

Jennifer Mann has lived in Rochester for 24 years. She plans to take a stand after her home in the 700 block of 36th Street SW was vandalised. Jennifer was sleeping Monday night when someone toilet papered her home and ripped up her flowers outside.

Jennifer dedicates 30 hours a week to her gardens, so when she walked outside to see her work in ruins she says, "I cried. It's really a personal attack on the fabric of my human being and what I enjoy creating."

Toilet paper was weaved throughout Jennifer's gardens and pieces hung from tree branches all around the front of her house.

Jennifer explains, "This is what happens when we're not having conversations about respecting other people's properties, respecting people's environment and all be responsible in the neighborhood."

On the 29th National Night Out, Jennifer and her husband plan to lend a hand in making a difference. She says, "I am planning to take a walk throughout the neighborhoods and just let people know what happened and maybe try to spark some conversations about if we have problems with each other, if something's happening can we talk about it."

Talking leads to prevention, and that's the goal as communities gather across the nation for a night out.

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