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Residents, Police Gather For 'National Night Out' Crime Prevention Event

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Residents throughout the Southland will gather with community leaders and law enforcement officials tonight as part of the 31st annual National Night Out crime-prevention event.

Organizers of the nationwide event expect an estimated 37.8 million people from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide to participate in the event, which aims to reduce crime through neighborhood camaraderie and police-community partnerships.

"The event invites the community to come out and take a united stand against crime, and it increases awareness about law enforcement programs and city services,'' said Natalia Medina, a block watch coordinator in the city of Lynwood. "Throughout this event, neighborhood block watch captains also have the opportunity to recruit new members to join the organization in hopes of making more of our neighborhoods safer.''

During the event, residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their front house lights and join with neighbors and law enforcement at their local neighborhood event. Activities vary by event but generally include free food, police and fire displays, resource booths, live entertainment and a chance to interact with city officials.

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

Among the many Southland cities participating in the event are Los Angeles, Burbank, Lynwood, Gardena, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach and Long Beach.

Started in 1984, National Night Out is billed as "America's night out against crime.'' It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by local municipalities and law enforcement agencies nationwide.

More information is available at www.nationalnightout.org.

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