A southwest Mecklenburg County community hopes a block party held Saturday will combat crime.
The Steele Oaks-Braddock Green homeowners association and crime watch held the event off Red Hickory Lane.
City Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield said neighbors getting to know each other creates a safer community.
“If someone new is driving through the neighborhood or walking through the neighborhood that’s not known, then you can identify them and just to be on the safe side you have a good relationship with CMPD and call them to come through,” she said.
Organizers said the block party comes after a recent murder and drug house raid in the area.