SOUTH GLENDALE — More than 100 residents gathered Tuesday at the recently vandalized Pacific Park Community Center to take a stand against crime.
A piece of plywood still covered a broken glass door, which vandals smashed along with two other doors on July 17 during a south Glendale vandalism spree.
For many, Tuesday's National Night Out celebration at the vandalized community center represented a need for neighborhood participation in the city's crime-fighting efforts, officials said.
"This night is about taking the community back," Glendale Police Officer Blanca Aguilar told a crowd gathered at the park.
Officers greeted and talked to residents at the event, urging them to get acquainted with one another and start up their own neighborhood watch groups to monitor crime.
Starting a neighborhood group that focuses on maintaining safety is a concept that more south Glendale residents should adopt, 21-year-old resident Remy Pantoja said.