National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime” was started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch as a way to heighten awareness and strengthen crime prevention efforts. Initially the event involved residents turning on their porch lights and gathering together in the evening.
Since that time more than 12,000 communities across the United States have joined the effort through hosting cookouts, parades, and community wide events.
Communities across Wisconsin – from Wauwatosa to LaCrosse to the Town of Menasha – participate through Neighborhood Watch type gatherings to large scale community wide events.
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 3, please take some time to turn on your porch lights and meet some of your neighbors or check with you local police or sheriff’s department to see if they are hosting an event.