From the Culpeper Star Exponent
Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 11:45 pm | Updated: 4:45 am, Mon Aug 5, 2013.
Neighborhoods throughout Culpeper are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide, Tuesday, Aug. 6, for the “30th Annual National Night Out,” crime and drug prevention event.
National Night Out is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
• Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 7 to 10 p.m., residents in neighborhoods throughout Culpeper and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Culpeper will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from police, walks and youth activities. Events will begin as early as 4 p.m. in some neighborhoods.
“Whether you live in a neighborhood with an organized Neighborhood Watch Program or not, I ask the whole town to participate by turning on their porch light in support of this crime prevention effort,” said Culpeper Police Lt. Andrew Terrill.
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and locally co-sponsored by Culpeper Police Department, will involve over 15,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, more than 37.5 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”
NNO is being supported in part by TARGET department stores, a national corporate sponsor. The local TARGET also is playing a role as a major local sponsor. Dozens of Target volunteers plan to host various food and game activities in the community.
“This is an opportunity for Culpeper to stand together as a community and show its intolerance for drugs and crime in the community,” said Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins. “The National Night Out Event highlights the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer Town of Culpeper.”
Some of the local neighborhood watches hosting events are: South West Street, Lakeview, Pelham’s Reach, Belle Parc, The Meadows, Belle Court, Willow Shade, Garr Avenue, Southridge, High Point, Stone Chase, Culpeper House, Franklin Meadows, Depot District, Westbrooke, South East and Culpeper Commons. For more information or to register your neighborhood, go to the National Night Out website at www.nationaltownwatch.org. To learn more about the event or how to participate in Culpeper, contact Culpeper Police Lt. Andrew Terrill at 540-829-5521 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.