Leader Editorial: Night Out gives us good reason to celebrate

Chandler Bikeway was teeming with engaged residents during the twilight hours Tuesday when Burbank held its annual National Night Out. About 300 people of all ages turned out to rub elbows with law enforcement personnel during an event that's designed to draw attention to proactive crime prevention in a light, entertaining way.

It also affords citizens the opportunity to better get to know those who protect them and to see firsthand some of the specialized equipment used by the public safety sector. Concurrently with the happenings on the bikeway, neighborhood-watch block parties took place around the city.

By all accounts, Burbank's National Night Out was a resounding success. And the city was in good company in that regard. According to the National Night Out website, the event originated in 1984 with 400 U.S. cities participating. Today more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities in the U.S., its territories, Canada and on military bases around the globe get involved in this unique community-building event on the first Tuesday of August each year.

Our compliments to the organizers of the 30th annual National Night Out, here and elsewhere. It's so easy when focusing on day-to-day tasks to feel disconnected from all except those who live in our own homes. The National Night Out is an exceptional event that allows us a chance to reconnect with each other, strengthen ties and band together to present a united front against crime.

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