AUSTIN (KXAN) — Halloween may not be until Monday but starting on Friday night Halloween will be in full force along Rundberg Lane between Lamar and Cameron as 24 businesses will hand out candy.
The idea is to offer a safe place for kids and their families to trick or treat. Businesses, schools, churches, and the community will come together to continue the conversation of keeping the streets safe. Eight Austin Police officers who provide community policing to this area every day will be there to meet the locals.
“What we want to see is families walking up and down the street and be proud to live here and feel safe and interact with police officers so we are hoping for a big turnout,” said Jose Carrasco, Director of the Family Resource Center at Dobie Middle School.
Three years ago the Rundberg area received a $1 million grant to reduce crime since this section of North Austin accounted for 12 percent of the crime committed in the city. The money provided HALO cameras to catch criminals in the act, code compliance cracking down on trash, and abandoned land becoming a park. A report issued in April by the University of Texas found crimes like theft and burglary of homes and vehicles went down over three years.
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“As Austinites we need to make sure it’s not just our downtown that is booming or that our ACL’s or our festival’s are booming but our neighborhoods like Dove Springs, Rundberg, St. Johns we can’t forget about these neighborhoods because there are so many kids who live in these neighborhoods and they are our future,” said Carrasco.
The public is invited to the Safe Zone Trick or Treat event which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gus Garcia Rec Center on 1201 E Rundberg Ln.