2018-08-01 / Editorials

The National Night Out Against Crime

In case you haven’t been to one, the National Night Out is an event out where the community comes together with their local precinct to have fun together, get acquainted, and help reduce crime in the neighborhood together. It is a free celebration held nationwide every summer, on the first Tuesday of August. This year it falls on August 7. Introduced by Matt Peskin, founder and executive director of National Association of Town Watch (natw.org), the National Night Out, according to NATW, “is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live…featuring safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits,” and much more. It has been going strong for 35 years in 16,000 communities and with 38 million neighbors attending.

The Night Out is truly a fun way to meet more of your neighbors and local police officers, with events like block parties, cookouts, and festivals of all sorts, and many include free refreshments, face-painting, entertainment, and crime prevention tips. There have been raffles, arts and crafts, giveaways, health screenings, and even free tickets to concerts or sports events, so go and see!

This year they are being held mostly at parks and shopping strips, such as Astoria Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Electchester Shopping Center, Queensbridge Park, Juniper Valley Park, MacDonald Park, Rufus King Park, Forest Park, PO Byrne Park, Douglaston Shopping Center, and more.

We encourage you and your family to check for the activities being held near you and have a lovely cool summer evening bonding with your community outside, under the stars.

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