COLUMBIA — They're taking it to the streets in neighborhoods around South Carolina as part of National Night Out.

Tuesday's event is a way for communities to show criminals they are concerned about crime and won't tolerate it.

Law enforcement officials say National Night Out is designed to heighten the public's awareness of crime and drug prevention efforts and strengthen partnerships between law officers and the communities they serve.

Dozens of neighborhoods from Spartanburg and Greenville to Columbia and down along the coast have planned events that include everything from cookouts and safety demonstrations to flashlight walks through the neighborhoods.