National Night Out • August 1st • Tuesday

Millions strong and counting!

The celebrations have become neighborhood festivals with fun and food combined with a serious purpose: crime prevention.

National Night Out is an annual community event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and expand police-community partnerships.

Call the Cowlitz or Lewis County’s to get information on the local Night out festivities, which usually take place in the downtown areas of the city. Not in Cowlitz or Lewis county? Call your county or city office for info.

This year, look for material that provides education on how to participate in simple crime prevention strategies such as proper lighting techniques or securely locking property can help to improve the safety of our communities.  Deputies also plan to provide tips on how neighbors can work together year-round to help keep their homes and neighborhoods safer.

Celebrating 33 years as a safety event that began with just porch lights and vigils plus information being delivered to the community. Today, National Night Out (NNO) draws more than thirty-seven million people from more than sixteen thousand communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.   The focus of this unique celebration is on bringing neighbors and communities together with festivals, block parties, cookouts and parades.

At the same time, organizers provide ideas, tips and guidelines on how to prevent crime, plus the opportunity for individuals to get to know and socialize with police officers.

The program was first established in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch. Its goal, then and now, is to inform the public about community programs on topics such as drug prevention and keeping an eye on the homes of their neighbors to help everyone avoid crimes such as robbery, drug dealing and break-ins.

Anybody can put their porch light ON during this year’s August 1st NNO.

If there is no National Night Out event near you, why not organize one for next year? Check the Web for instructions at:  www.natw.org

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