Evanston community members are encouraged to take a stand against crime by participating in this year’s “National Night Out” Celebration on Tuesday, August 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. National Night Out is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The event 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.

Rather than hosting one large event that draws community members out of their respective neighborhoods, Evanston residents are encouraged to host or attend events in their own neighborhoods to take a unified stand against crime and social disorder where they live. Residents and community organizations can get involved by participating in or planning a neighborhood block party or cookout; scheduling a visit from the police and fire departments; planning a parade or flashlight walk; or sponsoring a youth crime- and drug-free activity.

Residents are also asked to turn on their front porch lights that evening as a display of unity. Participants can find materials, such as banners, balloons, and t-shirts, online at natw.org

Those organizing National Night Out events are asked to please register and confirm their events on or before Saturday, August 1, 2015. To register a National Night Out event, please contact Evanston Police Officer Loyce Spells at 847-859-7843 or lspells@cityofevanston.org and provide contact information, group name, and event location, time and description. Community members can also contact their Problem Solving Team (PST) Beat Officer at 847-866-5019

The Evanston Police Department will also tweet live from various events throughout the night. Be sure to follow them on Twitter, @EvanstonPD.