The fourth reason to attend tomorrow’s National Night Out is to meet your neighbors and join the Neighborhood Watch Program. According to crime statistics, crime in our area is not limited to nighttime. Not everyone can afford a home security system. Police can’t be everywhere at once and must rely on the active participation of community residents for crime prevention. Since crime is most likely to occur when no one is watching, a Neighborhood Watch team can act as an extra set of “eyes and ears” when police aren’t around. Neighborhood Watch does more than just canvass the community. It also allows residents to get to know others in the neighborhood, open the lines of communication with local police and encourage better overall cooperation among residents in crime prevention efforts. Participation in Neighborhood Watch builds confidence and encourages residents to take an active interest in one another’s properties and livelihoods. Please come and find out how you can also start your Neighborhood Watch program on your street block.
More than 16,000 communities nationwide will host National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 1st, hoping to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood friends and send a message to criminals letting them know that their neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. In College Park, the National Night Out will take place at several locations throughout the city. Please learn more about this year’s National Night Out here on City’s website: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/nno

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