When National Night Out began in 1984 the focus of the event was mostly symbolic.By turning on front porch lights and waving to neighbors, the goal of National Night Out was to get residents out of their homes in order to show a united front against crime
Over the years, that goal remains the same, but the event has expanded to include street closures for large block parties, potlucks, interactive games, live music, and visits from police officers, firefighters, and government officials.
In 2020, though, due to the complications that COVID-19 brings, the focus of this year’s National Night Out returns to those simple gestures. Turning on your porch light, waving to your neighbor, and exchanging phone numbers are simple ways that neighbors can bolster the New Braunfels community and take a stand against crime in their neighborhood.
No one knows a neighborhood better than the citizens who live there and Neighborhood Watch programs are an easy way to form a partnership with law enforcement to help keep your neighborhood safe. This year is the perfect year to either establish a Neighborhood Crime Watch group or to grow an already existing Neighborhood Crime Watch. The program fosters civic involvement, mutual commitment, community pride, a common goal, and a real sense of community. Through a Neighborhood Watch group, those who live in the neighborhood become the eyes and ears for law enforcement with the goal of preventing or reducing crime by teaching residents how to recognize and report suspicious activity. And having a Neighborhood Watch sign posted in your neighborhood lets criminals know that your neighborhood is not an easy target.
So this year, on Oct. 6th, the City of New Braunfels encourages residents to celebrate National Night Out 2020 by turning on their porch lights, waving to their neighbors, and looking at ways their neighborhoods can organize a Neighborhood Crime Watch.
To learn more about Neighborhood Crime Watch programs, call the New Braunfels Police Department Community Affairs Officer at 830-221-4166 or visit the NBPD Neighborhood Crime Watch page.