National Night Out-Stanton Run-Helotes,Texas
The 26th annual National Night Out was held recently at the Stanton Run subdivision in Helotes, Texas. This annual event is held as a part of the neighborhoods ongoing efforts to promote crime and drug prevention by participating in the nation wide National Night Out program sponsored by the National association of town watch. It is a chance for people to get to know their neighbors and local law enforcement and find ways to work together to minimize crime and negative influences in our neighborhoods. The program has gained strength and acceptance every year since its inception over a quarter of a century ago.
Last years National Night Out campaign was supported by citizens, law enforcement, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood groups and local officials from all over the country, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. Over thirty seven million people participated last year.
The purpose of National Night Outis to heighten drug and crime prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit. It is also designed to promote a spirit of cooperation between citizens and police.
If your neighborhood is not yet participating in the National Night Out program you should strongly consider presenting the idea of participation in this event at your next homeowners association meeting. There are many different ways to get involved in the National Night out program. Some of these include block parties, participants conduct flashlight walks or they may conduct youth contests or parades or exhibits. Our event in Helotes included Domino's pizza and barbecued short ribs. There were also drawings for door prizes. The event is not only a great way to discourage crime in your neighborhood, but it is also a lot of fun!!If you would like more information on how your neighborhood can get involved go to NationalNightOut.org . There you can get an official registration form and once you have signed up you will receive an organizational kit filled with tips, guidelines and "how to" advice that you can use to coordinate your event.The best thing about participation in the National Night Out event is that it is Free!!!It costs absolutely nothing to get involved and help make our neighborhoods safer places th live.Together we can send a strong message to criminals and let them know that there is no place for them in our neighborhoods!