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The 28th Annual 2011 National Night Out Against Crime Celebration will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at more than 12 different locations throughout Evanston. 

National Night Out is a crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know the neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

Traditionally, residents are asked to turn on their front porch lights as a display of unity. The Evanston Police Department is also asking neighborhoods to gather together and plan a neighborhood block party or cookout, schedule visits from the local police and fire departments, plan a parade or flashlight walk, or sponsor a youth crime and drug-free activity. 

Residents may contact Officer Loyce Spells at 847-859-7843 or their Problem Solving Team (P.S.T.) Beat Officer at 847.866. 5019 with any questions. Residents are also asked to notify their P.S.T. Beat Officer of their plans and to register their block party with Community Strategies at 847-866-5019 or lspells@cityofevanston.org.