Celebrate Night Out on Your Block

Each year on the first Tuesday in August Seattlites hold block parties to meet their neighbors and build community action to prevent crime.  Tuesday August 7th, the City of  Seattle will be celebrating the 28th Annual Night Out Against Crime. Last year, 1,327 events were registered with the  Seattle Police Department!

 

“Night Out” is a national Crime Prevention event. It is designed to     heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in     anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to     learn about crime prevention, while also celebrating your community   and   spending time with your neighbors.

Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out.   The program   has been growing every year, with over 1,200 neighborhoods   participating in 2010. This type of community participation is what   makes Seattle a great place to live.

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together,   welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch   efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games –   whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come   up with is amazing. Some gatherings are just a few households; others   expand into large block parties.

This year the theme is “Celebrating Crime Free Neighborhoods.” If you   have a neighborhood that has seen a decrease in crime, it is a time to   celebrate your achievements.    If you have ongoing crime problems you   are working on, it is a chance to renew your focus, start a Block Watch   if you haven’t already, and take a public stand against crime in your   neighborhood.

Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:

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

To participate in Night Out and to have your street closed for the event, you must officially register your Night Out event.   Go to this site to do so. http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/default.htm  Then invite your neighbors to join in this fun event.

 

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