National Night Out 2019
Bringing communities and local authorities together in the fight against crime.
What is National Night Out?
On August, 6th, 2019, National Night Out will be celebrated for the 36th consecutive year. Some have heard of the event, but many may not understand its purpose. Our goal is to help inform community members about this annual event.
The National Night Out Program was started in August of 1984 after the National Association of Town Watch was created several years earlier by Matt Peskin, a local volunteer for the Lower Merion Community Watch program. Since then, the event has grown to include millions of participants.
Today, the event is held on the first Tuesday of August in most communities. Texas holds its National Night Out event on the first Tuesday of October, which will be October 1, 2019 for this year. Fun and educational activities you’ll find at local National Night events include barbecues, safety demonstrations, children’s games and much more.
It’s easy to think that with today’s technology, we don’t need to reach out and connect with our neighbors. While home security systems afford us with additional protection, they can’t help us to get to know the individuals who live nearby and who might be able to support us not only in times of need but also share part of their lives with us.
This is what National Night Out is about: communities coming together in a stance against crime. It starts with us.
Coming Together, Learning Together, & Helping One Another
36 years strong
Over 36 million participants
Over 16,500 events nationwide
Officer Perspectives on National Night Out
“National Night Out is an opportunity for law enforcement to build partnerships with citizens in the community they serve, and this is accomplished through face-to-face interaction in a positive setting, sharing information about events in the community and public safety information sharing.”
– Chief Steve Parker, Tega Cay Police Department
“National Night Out is a chance for the community and the police department to come together to begin looking at ways to reduce crime in their neighborhoods and communities.”
– Lt. Tim Ayers, Rock Hill Police Department
Want to Have a National Night Out Event in Your Town? Here’s How:
Register on the NATW website to host your own NNO event
Visit your local police department’s website to learn more details about local NNO events
Ask your neighbors to join you!
10 Activities You Can Do for Your Event
Grill up some favorites and learn more about your community’s stance against crime.
Q&A with local police
Host a question and answer session with your local police to learn more about their roles and how to prevent crime.
Get your game face on with community basketball, cornhole, an obstacle course and more.
Emergency responders can teach kids about fire safety, water safety and more.
Have some adults set up a table with designs, and let the kids pick out the paintings they’d like to wear.
Community food bank collection
Give back to the community by holding a food drive for a local charity or organization.
Send the kids (and any adults desiring) on a scavenger hunt for unique finds. Be sure to have prizes for the winners!
Update on neighborhood affairs
Start a tradition and have designated community members share events, accomplishments and concerns.
Set up a photo booth
Set up a photo booth where kids, adults and local emergency responders can take photos.
Beautify a common neighborhood space
Beautify a common neighborhood space like a local garden or cleaning up a subdivision.
Where Home Security Can Help
It’s good to help each other as neighbors by reporting suspicious activity, but there are times when we aren’t always able to rely on our neighbors’ or law enforcement’s help, and that’s when a home security system or smart device is a good option. These devices can be extra ears and eyes as well as assist in preventing crime. Today, there are many advanced devices like video doorbells, smart lights, indoor cameras and more that can help with protecting your home.
Learn more about products and services that can help you protect your family and home.
National Night Out Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out if my city is holding a National Night Out event?
Do I need to register to participate in National Night Out?
Is there any National Night Out gear that I can purchase for the event?
How can I ask my neighbors to get involved?
How can I be a part of the National Night Out awards program?