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 gives residents an opportunity 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.

In north College Park, we’re slowly building the Neighborhood Watch program, We currently have a few blocks formed and a few others are in the process of being formed. Please come and find out how you can also start your own Neighborhood Watch program on your street block. We expect to have members of existing Neighborhood Watch blocks. They will be happy to share their experience on how Neighborhood Watch program is working on their blocks.

More than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on Tuesday, tomorrow hoping to instill confidence in their community and promote crime prevention and safety. In north College Park, the National Night Out will take place at Duvall Field (9200 Rhode Island Avenue) at 7 pm- 8:30 pm. Please spread the word. Thank you!