Seattle’s annual Night Out Against Crime is coming up- a great chance to connect with neighbors and build community. 2013’s theme is “Celebrating Crime Free Neighborhoods.” Plan a potluck, a pie eating contest, or kiddie parade on your street. (One year we had bounce houses and a movie!)
From the SPD website:
Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with over 1,200 neighborhoods participating in 2010. This type of community participation is what makes Seattle a great place to live…the event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing. Some gatherings are just a few households; others expand into large block parties.
Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
- Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
If you have a neighborhood that has seen a decrease in crime, it is a time to celebrate your achievements. If you have ongoing crime problems you are working on, it is a chance to renew your focus, start a Block Watch if you haven’t already, and take a public stand against crime in your neighborhood.
If your block is interested in having a party, click here to register or for more information.