This coming Tuesday, August 5th is America’s night out against crime, the nation’s premiere crime prevention event, National Night Out. Erica Gibbons, a local National Night Out organizer, said it well, “National Night Out is a way for a pretty large neighborhood to get together and get to know each other.”
This annual event, created by National Association of Town Watch’s (NATW) Executive Director, Matt Peskin, began in 1984. National Night Out is held in conjunction with thousands of other cities nationwide, encourages neighbors to get to know each other, show support against crime and interact with city public safety officers.
NATW is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities. NATW works with law enforcement officials and civilian leaders to keep crime watch volunteers informed, interested, involved and motivated.
National Night Out now involves over 37 million people across 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
National Night Out in My Neighborhood
Check with your local neighborhood association to learn about their National Night Out plans or visit the City of St. Louis Park website for more information and neighborhood happenings.
For example, St. Louis’s Brookside Neighborhood will be hosting a National Night Out Party on Tuesday, August 5th from 6-9pm, with food, music, giveaways and games for the kids. If you live in Brookside, bring a dish to share and join in the fun!
Safety begins at home St. Louis! Get out and get to know your neighbors.Source: slpmag.com, natw.org, stlouispark.org