National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime is held on the first Tuesday of August each year. It’s a time for communities to come together, build relationships and stand united against crime. All neighborhoods are encouraged to have an outside event that evening. A going away party for the criminals… if you will!  The focus is making Bellingham a safer place to live.

 What is the goal of National Night Out?

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

How do you organize a National Night Out event in your neighborhood?

Simply host a social gathering on your block in the early evening of the first Tuesday in August!  Most neighborhood groups participate. Examples of past successful events have been:

  • BBQ’s
  • Ice cream socials
  • Pot luck neighborhood dinners
  • Neighborhood cookouts

Not only has National Night Out proven to be an effective and inexpensive program, it’s also a fun way to promote safer neighborhoods and police-community partnerships. The benefit offered to neighbors getting out and meeting each other is priceless. Join this years effort. Commit to hosting a National Night Out event in your neighborhood.


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