Tomorrow marks the 31st Annual National Night Out (NNO), a drug, violence and crime prevention program that Arlington has participated in for more than two decades. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and had a reported 37 million participants last year across 15,000 communities in not only all 50 states, but also U.S. territories and military bases overseas.
Last year, Arlington ranked 5th among the largest cities in the United States; this year has the possibility to be an even larger success! In order to participate, residents are simply encouraged to turn on their porch lights in the evening and gather with their neighbors to take a stand against local crime. Neighborhoods and communities can register with the Arlington police department to receive a visit from public service personnel including the police, fire or emergency medical departments.
If you would like to host a gathering, you can register your neighborhood here: http://www.arlingtonpd.org/commsvcs/NNORegisterForm.asp
This year, Arlington is also holding a book drive in conjunction with NNO to promote reading among the children in our community. They are requesting books appropriate for preschoolers through fourth grade, and the first 75 registrants to donate 50 or more new or gently used books will receive a NNO Party Package, including t-shirts, ball caps and more! Check out the details here: http://www.arlingtonpd.org/commsvcs/NNOBookDrive.pdf
This is not only a great opportunity to stand up against crime in the community, but also a chance to enjoy the fall weather and get to know your neighbors a little better. Let’s turn on our porch lights, collect some books for the kiddos, win Arlington another award and help keep the community we love safe!