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Auburn's National Night Out Scheduled for Aug. 6 - America's Night Out Against Crime!

On Tuesday evening, Aug. 6, residents in neighborhoods throughout Auburn and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, police, City of Auburn staff and elected officials. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most US cities and towns will celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, potlucks, safety fairs, and youth events.

Last year Auburn had 50 neighborhoods and over 7,000 people in the city of Auburn participate. Below are responses from a few of last year's participants:

"Our homeowners really enjoy getting together for our annual BBQ and potluck event, and it gives us all an opportunity to meet and discuss our community concerns with our city officials and all of the great people that keep us safe."

"Some neighbors shared that they love NNO because it led to our neighborhood holding a neighborhood meeting last year and we've really seen great results from that."

"We had a great turn out! Over 40 homeowners plus families showed up. We did a BBQ and everyone brought a dish to share. We also had a water balloon toss."

The City wants to make sure every neighborhood, apartment complex, and mobile home park is a part of the event this year. Event organizers are providing many resources to make planning and holding a National Night Out event as easy as possible. The City of Auburn can provide invitations, postcards, flyers, and a banner free of charge to help promote your event.

The day of the event, participants can pick up balloons, resource materials and fun freebies from the City of Auburn and National Night Out sponsors. The City has also worked with local mascots to arrange visits to communities with a large number of children. Finally, staff will schedule City officials, police officers, City of Auburn staff and elected officials to visit all registered National Night Out locations.

Holding an event is simple. To register an event in your neighborhood, go to the City's website at www.auburnwa.gov/NNO. An online registration form is available for your convenience. Registration deadline is Aug. 1.

For further details, call 253-876-1964 or visit www.auburnwa.gov/nno.

ABOUT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from National Night Out will most certainly extend well beyond the one night.

The National Night Out 2012 event involved 37.5 million people in 15,704 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2013, the 30th anniversary, is expected to be the largest ever.