Each year, National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August. That means that this evening, communities around the country will come together in solidarity, in order to promote safer neighborhoods. To make National Night Out a success, each neighborhood (or neighbor) conducts one of a number of tactics, ranging from encouraging people to leave their porch lights on, to hosting block parties.
Taking part in National Night Out is as simple as sitting on one’s porch, and/or socializing with neighbors on the front lawn. By showing a united front, and keeping eyes on the street, neighborhoods become safer, while blocks become friendlier. By working with law enforcement, to collectively safeguard our streets, National Night Out is a proven, effective tool that has a lasting ripple effect throughout the year.
“More than 37 million people participate in National Night Out events in 15,000 communities in the United States.” – Parkside National Night Out.
Each year the Parkside Community rallies behind the National Night Out efforts by hosting an event that features “food, games, prizes, activities (including bike helmet decorating) and demonstrations by public safety officers.”
It’s not too late to be a part of National Night Out. Grab some lemonade or a six pack of beer, and get to know your neighbors. By doing so, you will be sending a message to those who might have ill-intentions, that your hood is strong and united.
To learn more, visit National Association of Town Watch (NATW).