The smell of grilled hotdogs and hamburgers wafted down the hill as children greeted McGruff the Crime Dog.
Other kids played with gliders while neighbors visited with each other and police.
It was National Night Out Tuesday in Queen Anne Village, and the homeowners group launched a cookout that attracted dozens of residents.
"I'm hoping we will bring the community together, where they will know each other as neighbors and help each other out," said Brian Clevenger, vice president for the Queen Anne Village Homeowners Association.
The community was in the news earlier this year when a occurred.
The cookout Tuesday was among the visited by members of the , police and officers from the Pikesville precinct.
Local events are held to get neighbors and police talking about issues in the community, and to show criminals that neighbors are watching out for each other.
How did you spend your National Night Out? Does your community have issues with crime? Do you have a favorite Citizens on Patrol or neighborhood watch group? .