Mukilteo to join cities nationwide for National Night Out Aug. 5

Jul 24, 2014

Neighborhoods throughout Mukilteo are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 31st annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Mukilteo Police Department, will involve over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

In all, over 39 million are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” on Aug. 5.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

On Aug. 5, residents in neighborhoods throughout Mukilteo and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

Many neighborhoods throughout Mukilteo will be hosting a variety of special events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies.

“This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity," National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said. "National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.

"On Aug. 5, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in giving crime and drugs a going away party."

National Night Out will be held in the parking lot of the Mukilteo Family YMCA from 4-7 p.m. Local police and firefighters will display their emergency equipment and vehicles, as well as provide crime prevention and fire safety information.

Numerous business and community groups will also be attending to show their support for the event.

The Mukilteo Police Department is also hosting a bicycle rodeo during National Night Out, to help ensure the safety of local children. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and register them with the police department.

Registration of your bicycle can help in its recovery if it is lost or stolen. There will also be a small safety course and free helmet fittings.

There will also be a Putt Putt course, a Skate Clinic, a Velcro Wall and food from the Mukilteo Lodge, a live band and more.

If you are interested in participating, volunteering or wish to register your block party, contact the Mukilteo Police Department Crime Prevention Officer by calling 425-263-8100 or emailing crimeprevention@ci.mukilteo.wa.us.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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