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The City urges community members to take a stand against crime by participating in this year’s National Night Out celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4. National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, 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.

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 host a neighborhood block party or cookout; hold a parade or flashlight walk; or sponsor a youth crime- and drug-free activity.

Residents are asked to turn on their front porch lights that evening as a display of unity. Those organizing NNO events are asked to confirm their events by  Aug. 1 by contacting Evanston Police Officer Loyce Spells at 847-859-7843 or lspells@cityofevanston.org and providing contact information, group name, and event location, time and description. Community members can contact their Problem Solving Team Beat Officer at 847-866-5019.