Law enforcement officials are encouraging local neighborhoods to
unite against crime.
Burbank police are inviting the community to participate in the
20th Annual National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5
in neighborhoods throughout the city. It would mark the first time
the city has participated in the event.
Neighborhoods around the country, including Glendale, participate
in the event, which is staged to promote crime awareness and
prevention, neighborhood safety and to send a message to criminals
that citizens are united against crime, Police Chief Thomas Hoefel
wrote in a letter to local Neighborhood Watch captains.
During the event, law enforcement agencies across the nation ask
neighborhood residents to turn on their outside lights, lock their
doors behind them and come outside to spend a good-natured evening
with neighbors, police officers, firefighters and community leaders.
“It’s a campaign to let criminals know that neighborhoods
organized together are going to take a stand against crime,” said
Community Resource Officer Vee Jones, who is helping coordinate the
event, sponsored by the National Assn. of Town Watch and the Burbank
Police Department. Neighborhood activities include potlucks,
barbecues, youth events, candlelight vigils, cooking and bake-offs.
Sgt. William Berry, the department’s spokesman, said that in an
era when neighborhoods aren’t as close-knit, a little “getting to
know your neighbors” could be the difference in preventing a crime on
each other’s property.
Jones said any block or neighborhood can celebrate the event, but
ideally, a representative from the neighborhood should call her at
the police department to register their activities so police will
know where to visit and say hello.
“This year we wanted to get our foot in the door and let people
know that Burbank is involved,” she said. “And next year, I hope it
will be bigger and better.”