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Night Out shines light on crime prevention

St. Petersburg

Night Out shines light on fighting crime

America will celebrate the 25th annual National Night Out on Tuesday.

Last year, more than 35-million people in more than 10,000 communities nationwide participated in the campaign, designed to heighten awareness of crime prevention and generate support for Neighborhood Crime Watch programs.

Several Neighborhood Crime Watch programs in our city will host block parties this year to promote crime prevention and help neighbors get better acquainted. These events help strengthen the community spirit while sending a message to criminals that people are willing to be the "eyes and ears" for police.

Police Chief Charles "Chuck" Harmon and other Police Department members will visit two of the newest programs Tuesday night: Roser Park and Euclid Heights. Both groups are hosting outdoor events from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks available, as well as activities for kids, including police dog demonstrations.

McGruff the crime dog will appear at both events, bringing his popular message of "Let's Take a Bite Out of Crime."

There are 134 Neighborhood Crime Watch programs in St. Petersburg. Community service officers regularly attend their meetings, where participants learn about crime in their area and how to secure their homes, protect their property and report suspicious activities. 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.

William Proffitt, St. Petersburg police spokesman

Night Out shines light on crime prevention 08/02/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 2, 2008 4:31am]
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