Neighborhood Watch groups prepare for National Night Out

All Neighborhood Watch groups are gearing up for National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

National Night Out – America's Night Out Against Crime – will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 7. In preparation for the big "night out," Richmond Police is inviting all residents and neighborhood associations to be part of the party.

"National Night Out is an awesome time for neighbors to meet and greet one another," Community, Youth and Intervention Captain John Hall said. "They can organize small block parties, host simple backyard barbecues or fellowship at one of the larger community events. And if they're unable to attend an event, they can participate by simply turning on their porch lights."

Last year, Richmond ranked in the top 10 among cities its size across the country for National Night Out participation. The goal for 2012 is the top five. "We want groups – large and small – to join with us on Aug. 7," Captain Hall said. "The more the merrier."

This year marks the 29th Annual National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with one another and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  It's also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better.

To learn more about National Night Out, please visit:

4th Annual Highland Springs Community National Night Out - Aug. 7, 6pm-8pm, Broken Bread Ministries, 506 South Holly Avenue