National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building event in which local communities and neighborhoods come together for many reasons including general community support, drug and crime prevention, and most importantly to strengthen partnerships and relationships with local police and public safety personnel. This annual event began in 1984 and takes place in all 50 states, US territories, and military bases worldwide. Approximately 16,000 communities and 38 million neighbors came together last year during this event, according to the National Association of Town Watch.

NNO usually takes place in Texas on the first Tuesday of October. This year, on October 3, National Night Out will be in full swing, “neighborhoods throughout the community are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights, gather with their neighbors to show unity against criminal activity and join city and county officials.” (Harris County Constable’s Office). Many neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, cookouts, and other fun activities to bring the community together. These events could include safety handouts, safety demonstrations, seminars, appearances from local emergency personnel and more. Families, adults, and children of all ages, animals, local law enforcement, and many others are invited and encouraged to attend.

In preparation for your local NNO, contact your neighborhood representative or community service officer to finalize event details, time, location, etc. You can also research local locations online in your area. This is a great way to strengthen community relations with police.

Crime Stoppers of Houston has provided thousands of materials and tips to communities for their upcoming National Night Out events. Please reach out to us at phollek@crime-stoppers.org if you would like safety materials for your event. If you were unable to make it out to your local National Night Out last year, try attending this year as there has never been a better time to get involved and fight crime.