Night Out connects neighbors

Staff Report
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Arvadans can join the nation in turning their porch lights on to turn off crime Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The annual National Night Out Against Crime is Aug. 6 this year. National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to encourage citizens to get involved in crime prevention through police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send the message to criminals that neighbors are aware and watching out for each other.

People across the nation will gather on the first Tuesday of August, as they do annually, at neighborhood celebrations to reduce crime and the fear of crime. The biggest event in Arvada will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 6 in Olde Town Square near Olde Wadsworth Boulevard and W. 57th Avenue.

The free event will feature live music, food and activities.

Arvada Police officers will begin their night of visiting with residents at the Olde Town celebration at 5 p.m. Officers will then travel to several other block parties hosted by residents around the city. The idea behind National Night Out is to have neighbors connected and looking out for each other in an effort to reduce crime.

“National Night Out is a great opportunity to meet our residents in a festive environment and to discuss ways to prevent crime as a community,” said Arvada Police Sgt. Mick Roemer.

The Arvada Police Department has been actively involved with National Night Out since 1997.