National Night Out to highlight crime prevention
America will celebrate the 27th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday.
Last year, more than 36 million people in about 15,000 communities nationwide participated in the campaign designed to heighten awareness of crime prevention and generate support for local Neighborhood Crime Watch programs.
There are 155 Neighborhood Crime Watch programs in St. Petersburg. Police officers regularly attend these meetings and share information with residents about crime. They also provide tips on how to make their homes more secure, protect their property from thieves and report suspicious activities.
Several of these neighborhoods will host block parties to promote crime prevention and help neighbors get better acquainted with each another. For a list of neighborhoods and locations, visit stpete.org/police/crime-prev/nno.html.
These events strengthen community spirit and send a message to criminals that people are willing to be the "eyes and ears" of the police by reporting suspicious activities.
Police Chief Chuck Harmon and other officers will visit several neighborhoods around the city Tuesday night. Many neighborhoods will have free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks, and provide activities for kids, including police dog demonstrations.
If you want to get involved or find out more about starting a Neighborhood Crime Watch program in your area, call Officer Johnny Harris at (727) 893-7559 (south), Officer Gabe Lopez at (727) 893-4055 (north and downtown) or Officer Mark Williams at (727) 893-4935 (west).
William Proffitt, St. Petersburg Police Department