An email from State Senators David Long and Tom Wyss:
Tomorrow is National Night Out Against Crime!
Let’s salute local police and deputies, send a message to criminals…
Please turn on your porch lights as a show of neighborhood unity
Porch lights will be burning and grills will be sizzling, but more important, neighbors and local police and sheriff’s deputies will be displaying their unity tomorrow night, as communities across Indiana join an estimated 37 million Americans in celebrating “National Night Out Against Crime.”
Citizens, law enforcement, community groups, businesses and elected officials in more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide will join ranks to mark the 26th annual National Night Out (NNO), sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and promoted by the Indiana Crime Prevention Coalition.
NNO serves as a “good excuse” for new neighbors to get to know one another and for old friends to become reacquainted. It also gives residents a chance to invite police officers and deputies who help keep our streets safe to stop by and chat about ways to work together to make our communities even stronger. The last thing drug dealers and criminals want is law abiding citizens and local authorities communicating and cooperating.
Whether or not your neighborhood has a planned event — a backyard cookout, an ice cream social, a subdivision sporting event, etc. — you can still send a clear message to criminals that your neighborhood is organized and fighting back. Tomorrow night, show your support for local law enforcement by turning on your porch and patio lights. It will tell others that you live in a neighborhood that looks out and helps out in the fight against crime, drugs and violence.