Monday, August 1, 2011

How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

Did you know that taking the time to meet your neighbors can make new friends and have an effect on crime? National Night Out is a nationwide program designed to get the community involved in crime prevention. Traditionally turning on your outdoor lights and coming outside to meet neighbors has been the basis for the event. In different parts of the country people are now hosting front porch vigils, block parties and parades, all in an effort to show unity against crime.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This program is designed to remind all of us that this is our city and we have to work together to maintain it, and keep it the way we want it. It encourages us to meet and know our neighbors. When you know your neighbors you naturally watch out for each other, you pay more attention to your neighborhood, and you notice when things are out of place.

Make yourself aware of what is happening in your neighborhood, and call police if you witness a crime or see suspicious activity. The Police Department relies on our citizens to be watchful and make us aware of things that are happening. Police Officers cannot be everywhere all the time, but together we can have a huge effect on crime and keep our community safe.

The link below will take you to a website that provides more information on National Night Out.