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America's Night Out Against Crime

Friends. Family. Neighbors. Great tunes. Dancing in the dark. Fried chicken. Corn on the cob. Mac and cheese. Basically, a perfect summer night, according to Parkview Gardens Office Assistant Tacola Scott. The cause for celebration? National Night Out, an annual crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) on August 7.

Scott says more than 350 people came out for the event, including CHP staff, residents, individuals from the local police and sheriff departments, repsentatives from the community of Farmville, Virginia, and even McGruff the Crime Dog. “Everyone came together, brought food and drinks, and had a great time. We didn’t stop until about 1:30 a.m!”

The Lafayette Apartments in Williamsburg, Virginia, participated in National Night Out as well. “We had a blast!” exclaims Resident Services Coordinator Karly Howell. “Nearly 75 residents and staff showed up, along with folks from Connect Youth and Family Services and the James City County Police Department. It was a lot of fun!”

Braxton Manor Property Manager Doug Deaton shares that National Night Out is not just for young people. “Braxton, which is a rental community for the elderly, is located only two blocks from downtown Siler City [North Carolina]. A number of our residents walked down to the town’s National Night out celebration to enjoy the music and food.”

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2011.