Community groups urged to host National Night Out events on Aug. 6


Pittsburgh residents and neighborhood groups are being encouraged to participate in this year’s National Night Out (NNO) celebration, to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

National Night Out is an opportunity for Pittsburgh residents, businesses and organizations to host fun events - such as picnics and porch parties - that build positive relationships between neighbors and the police officers who help to ensure the safety of the city. This year’s NNO theme is, “It’s a Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood.”

Participating groups are encouraged to register their event on the city’s NNO webpage,, to receive helpful resources, including a new planning guide.

“The City of Pittsburgh has experienced a steady decline in crime rates in recent years, which wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of Pittsburgh’s neighborhood watch groups acting in partnership with law enforcement,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. “Cooperation between residents and police is vital to ensuring the safety and security of our city, and to the continued success of Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance.”

NNO promotes residents’ involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie - sending a unified message that crime is not welcome. This year’s new planning guide provides an easy reference to help residents plan a fun, safe and family-friendly event in their neighborhood.

When residents register their event, they will receive the tools and instructions needed to organize a successful celebration and a packet of useful public safety information created specifically for local community groups. Each packet includes:

• Tips on how to start a local block watch,

• Information about the Block Watch in a Box initiative,

• An informational sheet that lists all public safety contacts specific to that community,

• An informative brochure about 311 and 911

• A copy of the Public Safety edition of the Mayor’s Newsletter.

Last year, more than 25 organizations participated in the city’s NNO celebration, hosting porch parties, picnics, neighborhood carnivals and more.

NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and is an opportunity for neighborhoods to raise awareness of crime prevention in a fun, family-friendly environment. In addition, it is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, encourage participation in neighborhood anticrime programs and strengthen police-community partnerships.

Mayor Ravenstahl will issue a proclamation declaring August 6, 2013, “National Night Out” in the City of Pittsburgh. All community groups participating in NNO will receive a thank you letter from the mayor and a certificate of participation in the event.


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