The city of Arlington ranked 5th nationally for 2012 National Night Out among cities with more than 300,000 residents.
Arlington, while one of five Texas locations in the top 10, was the only North Texas city to place in the Top 5.
San Antonio was tops in the state and ranked second nationally. Houston was third in the country followed by Austin who was fourth. Collin County ranked ninth nationally. The entire list is below:
National Night Out rankings for city's with a population greater than 300,000
1. Minneapolis, MN
2. San Antonio, TX
3. Houston/Harris County, TX
4. Austin, TX
5. Arlington, TX
6. Chesterfield County, VA
7. Los Angeles, CA
8. Columbus, OH
9. Collin County, TX
10. Henrico County, VA
The Arlington Police Department released the following statement on Tuesday:
"Each year on the first Tuesday in October, public safety officials encourage residents to turn on their porch lights and spend some time outside getting to know their neighbors. Over the years, the parties have grown into neighborhood events filled with food and fun for children and adults alike. Arlington Police Officers and Firefighters visit as many of the neighborhood parties as possible to share safety messages with residents. The Arlington Police Department Crime Prevention Unit works closely with neighborhood organizers to learn where National Night Out gatherings will occur and encourages our many community partners to participate. Those include Community Watch Groups, Citizens On Patrol, Arlington Citizen Police Academy Alumni, and Arlington Clergy and Police Partnership."
The Arlington Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit created a video showcasing the highlights of the 2012 event. From that, and descriptions of local events, the ranking was determined. The video can be seen on the department's YouTube channel.