City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler urges all Lincoln residents to take part in the neighborhood activities and events planned for the 25th annual “National Night Out Against Crime” tonight. From 7 to 10 p.m., Lincoln residents will join others from across the nation in locking their doors, turning on outside lights and spending the evening outside with neighbors and police.
“This year, we have good reason to celebrate, as Lincoln showed a nearly 20 percent decrease in crime in the first six months of the year,” Beutler said. “We could not have achieved that without the involvement of our residents in crime prevention efforts. Participating in National Night Out sends a strong message to lawbreakers that they are not welcome in our community.”
National Night Out is designed to increase crime prevention awareness; generate support for anti-crime efforts; and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Many neighborhoods throughout Lincoln will host a variety of events such as block parties, cookouts and group walks. The Lincoln Police Department is involved in about 20 neighborhood activities tonight. One of the events scheduled for National Night Out is a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. at the “F” Street Community Center, 1225 “F” St. The center is in an area targeted by the “Stronger Safer Neighborhoods” initiative, headed by Mayoral Aide Jon Carlson.
“This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors better, to meet the police officers who work in your area and to find out what you can do to fight crime,” Carlson said. “The benefits of National Night Out extend well beyond the one-night event.”
In 2007, about 35 million people participated in National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (www.nationaltownwatch.org).