Neighbors Unite Against Crime

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

It’s National Night Out – the annual crime prevention event.

Sarah Illinik – who lives in the Richmond Grove Neighborhood of Downtown Sacramento – is organizing a barbecue potluck for her street. She says National Night Out is about building neighborhood spirit to fight crime. 

"We’ve had drug activity and vandalism and some theft so hopefully we can reach out with this and get everyone aware of their neighborhood and aware of their community and get to know their neighbors."

Several parties are planned in Oak Park and Nate Solov with the Oak Park Neighborhood Association says the big one is at 36th Street and 3rd Avenue with live music, barbecue and children’s games. 

"We’re going to have between 5 and 10 events throughout the neighborhood so I think it goes to show that there are a lot of residents who care about the neighborhood and who want to show neighbors that it’s a safe place to live and come out with their families and enjoy the evening." 

Over 70 neighborhoods throughout Sacramento are planning National Night Out events Tuesday. Mayor Heather Fargo along with local police and fire officials will be making appearances at some of those events.