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For Immediate Release                                                 
July 29, 2014
                                                                                       
Media Contact
Officer Diana Villegas
Redwood City Police Department
650-780-7104
dvillegas@redwoodcity.org

 

Redwood City and its Police Department Invite Neighbors to 
Participate in NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2014

Redwood City, CA - On Tuesday, August 5th, Redwood City, like many cities on the Peninsula, will be participating in National Night Out. Taking place annually on the first Tuesday in August, this national campaign is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood unity and spirit, and develop partnerships between the City and the community. More information about National Night Out 2014 is available online at http://natw.org. 

This year, Redwood City is supporting the original spirit of National Night Out by inviting residents to turn on their porch lights and go out to meet their neighbors in informal block gatherings and activities of their choice. When residents on a block know each other, the neighborhood and the community is safer and stronger. Community members are invited to spread the word in their own neighborhoods.

National Night Out has traditionally been an opportunity for Neighborhood Watch groups to get together, and if a National Night Out block party is scheduled on a Redwood City Neighborhood Watch street, a police representative can visit to thank them for their efforts, share information, and answer questions. Letting the City know about a Neighborhood Watch/National Night Out block party is done by contacting Community Policing Officer Diana Villegas at dvillegas@redwoodcity.org or (650)780-7104.

Some blocks have an ice cream social, some have barbecues, and others just consist of having residents turn on their porch lights between 6:30 and 9 pm and coming out to introduce themselves, meet, and talk. Each participating block decides how they want to gather together with their neighbors - it all contributes to getting to know neighbors better, sharing information and ideas, and helping to build community right on their street. 

For those streets that don't already have a Neighborhood Watch group, this is a good opportunity to start one of these valuable crime-prevention programs. For more information on Redwood City Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out, community members may contact Officer Villegas at dvillegas@redwoodcity.org, or begin by downloading an online packet of information that helps neighbors get started on their own Neighborhood Watch program.

The Redwood City Police Department asks residents to work together and with the police to make neighborhoods safer, and to take a stand against crime. By reporting criminal behavior, joining a neighborhood watch program, and helping someone who has fallen victim to a crime, people can build a stronger, safer community. Visit the Police Department's website at www.redwoodcity.org/police.

Visit Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City's newsletters and other City documents atwww.redwoodcity.org/newsletters.


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