Get to know your neighbors and local police Tuesday, Aug. 4.
Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors and communities were stronger because they were connected. In recent years, that connection has been eroding in towns and cities throughout the United States.
National Night Out
, held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 this year, is an annual community-building campaign hosted by the National Association of Town Watch that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.
This initiative reduces isolation among neighbors and enhances the relationship between citizens and law enforcement by bringing people together under positive circumstances.
Beginning at 6 p.m., Virginia Beach police ask that residents throughout Virginia Beach join others across the nation in locking their doors, turning on outside lights and spending the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods will host block parties, cookouts, Nextdoor.com sign-ups, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests and youth activities.
If your neighborhood is hosting a national night out event, please let the Virginia Beach Police Department know by registering your event here
. The department will make an effort to have officers come to your community. If you need assistance or suggestions for planning your event, please contact the Virginia Beach Crime Prevention Unit at (757) 385-1006.