Ventura neighborhoods were invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 14.
National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Ventura Police Department. This is the 35th anniversary of National Night Out with over 38 million people across the country expected to participate.
National Night Out is designed to: 1) Heighten crime and drug awareness; 2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; 3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and 4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and watching out for one another.
From 5 pm to 9 pm, residents in neighborhoods throughout Ventura and across the nation were asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods hosted a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQs to block parties.