GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Mary Whiteside has been hosting National Night Out in her driveway for years. This year she is even more determined to host, after hearing
about the little girl who was almost abducted.
“Very scary, it really bothers me that we have people out there that are preying on children,” says Whiteside.
Georgetown police say the 10-year-old girl was attacked on Lakeway Drive near Primrose Trail. They say a man grabbed her from behind and tried to take her to the ground. The girl fought back, and police say your child should too.
“Whether it’s fighting back, whether it’s yelling ‘stranger danger, fire, help,’ whatever the case may be, draw attention to yourself,” says Cpt. Roland Waits, Field Operations Commander with the Georgetown Police Department.
Police also recommend walking in groups, not alone, and avoiding alleys where someone could hide.
“The incident yesterday was in broad daylight, towards the end of the day when kids were getting off the school bus,” explains Cpt. Waits. It’s also about being aware of your surroundings, pay attention to the things that are going on.”
For Whiteside, neighborhood unity is one more tool. “If we all get together and talk and get to know each other better, then I think everyone is watching out for one another,” says Whiteside.
“The tighter-knit the community, the better it is for us, so when we need to go into that community if something happens, we’ve got an additional, couple hundred eyes and ears,” explains Waits.
National Night Out goes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night in Georgetown. There are more than 60 neighborhood gatherings happening throughout the city, about 20 more compared to last year.