Bakersfield to fight crime with night out

July 7, 2012 by  

National Night Out in Bakersfield will be held this year from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on August 7 in Central Park at Mill Creek, 600 19th Street. The event is sponsored by the Bakersfield Police Department and Target.

On this night, neighborhoods also leave their outside and porch lights on as a signal to criminals that they will not tolerate crime in their neighborhood.

National Night Out (NNO) was started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a non-profit organization created to support anti-crime activities by neighborhoods. NNO is a joint effort between neighborhoods and police organizations all across the nation.

The program was created by Matt Peskin, executive director of NATW, as a way to increase participation in community crime watch programs. The event is traditionally held on the first Tuesday in August.
Twenty-three states participated that first year and all 50 states joined in last year, as well as communities in Canada. Peskin said:

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year.”

Last year, 37 million people participated nationally in this event. Anyone who would like to organize an event in their neighborhood should call 1-800-NITE-OUT or visit the National Night Out website. Typical events include festivals, neighborhood walks, and block parties. Flyer printing could be a great way to promote this event.