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Join in National Night Out Aug. 5 to Help Fight Crime

Monday June 16th, 2014

Townships are encouraged to plan community activities to observe the National Association of Town Watch’s 31st Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5.

National Night Out is a yearlong community-building campaign designed to:

  • heighten crime prevention awareness;
  • generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs;
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The program culminates each year with the August observance.

In addition to the traditional vigil of turning on porch lights, many communities also sponsor block parties, cookouts, parades, police visits and demonstrations, neighborhood flashlight walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies, and youth programs and activities.

"This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity,” National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said about the event. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and ‘give crime a going-away party.’”

Peskin began National Night Out in 1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans participated in 400 communities across 23 states. Today, nearly 38 million people participate in the annual observance in more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and military bases worldwide.

Townships that are interested in sponsoring National Night Out events should register with the National Association of Town Watch. Once registered, townships will receive a free organizational kit with planning suggestions, sample news releases, artwork, and a promotional guide.

To register, call the association toll-free at (800) NITE-OUT (648-3688) or click here.