National Night Out Focuses on Crime Prevention

scottkids1Neighborhoods are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide on Tuesday, August 6 for the 30th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 7- 10 p.m., residents in neighborhoods across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and friends. Many neighborhoods will host special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies. The Kennesaw Police Department will be hosting and event for the citizens of Kennesaw at Swift Cantrell Park located at 3140 Old Hwy 41.  Several public safety vehicles will be on display from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Crime prevention information for the adults and special handouts for the kids will be available while supplies last.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.”  NNO 2013 is being supported in part by Target, a national corporate sponsor.

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