America's Night Out Against Crime
- Increase awareness related to crime and drug prevention.
- Provide support for local anti-crime programs and to generate increased participation.
- Improve neighborhood pride, ownership, and attitudes; build effective partnerships with police and law enforcement agencies.
- Send a clear message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are prepared, organized and ready to take a stand against crime and drugs. More than ever before, individuals are concerned about their personal security and the safety of their homes and neighborhoods. On this night there are traditional displays such as outdoor lights and front porch vigils. In addition, many take part in larger gatherings that include:
- Block parties
- Visits and presentations from police and sheriff's departments
- Youth programs If you've not heard of NNO before, this is your opportunity to start a local program in your community. After all it's one night per year, and the results are sure to have a lasting impact. You can learn all about the program, get free promotional materials, and contact information just click on the image above. Remember, due to the recession we're currently in this National Night Out may be more important than ever before. As all of our communities are resource challenged and fighting squeaky tight budgets; NNO organizers hope more people will analyze the value of the National Night Out closely. On a small annual budget, National Association of Town Watch (NATW), the sponsoring organization of National Night Out, has found ways to make huge strides in the fight against crime, without using tons of money. I challenge and encourage you to either start a program in your community or to join an existing NNO.