ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer is encouraging residents to turn on their porch lights and get out to meet their neighbors.

It’s all part of National Night Out, a nationwide crime-fighting effort.

Boyer tells KMOX once neighbors start looking out for other neighbors, they can ward off many crimes.

“Anytime we have the public involved in giving us information in reference to a potential crime or a crime as it takes place, [it] makes our job just so much easier because now we’ve got a witness, now we’ve got some type of either personal or physical evidence,” Boyer says.

Boyer says his area receives good community response and that makes a difference.

“You can put up a neighborhood watch sign, and simply say we’ve got a neighborhood watch program. But until you learn who your neighbors are, start to associate and become familiar with neighbors, the program is not really going to develop the way it should,” he says.

Boyer says neighbors watching out for neighbors and being familiar with their area is a key to keeping communities safe.

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