National Night Out

Friday, August 02, 2013

Get Active, Get Together - Get Rid of Crime

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, neighborhoods throughout Virginia Beach are joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 30th Annual National Night Out. National Night Out in 2012 involved 37.5 million people in 15,704 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2013, the 30th anniversary, is expected to be the largest ever.

National Night Out is held annually to:

- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

- Generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts;

- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations; and

- Send a message to criminals letting them know local communities are organized and are fighting back.

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods celebrate NNO with a variety of events and activities such as: block parties, cookouts, visits from local police and fire departments, parades, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs.

NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from NNO will most certainly extend well beyond the one night.