HOUSTON -- People across Houston stepped outside Tuesday evening to observe National Night Out.

The annual event encourages people to meet their neighbors and take a stand against crime. Hundreds showed up at Peck Elementary School in southeast Houston.

Some took home free trees to plant in their neighborhoods, and the kids received free snow cones.

Neighbors in the Fort Bend County Community of New Territory had a potluck dinner and they invited law enforcement.

It makes my job easier when every is able to communicate and report any suspicious activity they may see, and also keeping me informed, said Sgt. Harrel Clark with the Fort Bend County Constable's office. I want to know what's going on in their neighborhood.

Texas observes National Night Out a month later than every other state, because of the heat.

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