Block parties, ice cream socials and potlucks may seem like a strange way to prevent crime, but that’s what neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque will do on Aug 2. for the 28th Annual National Night Out. Events take place between 7 and 9 p.m.
National Night Out aims to strengthen community bonds to deter incidences involving drugs and violence. The events also create partnerships between civilians and police and send the message that neighborhoods are organized to fight back against crime.
APD Crime Prevention Manager Steve Sink says Albuquerque has participated in National Night Out at least since 1999. Every year, he says, about 120 events organized by Neighborhood Watch Programs and Neighborhood Associations occur throughout the city. Nationally, more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, Canada and military bases join the cause.
Although communities throughout the city participate, Sink says the Northeast area is typically the most organized. He says approximately 30 to 35 Neighborhood Associations throw picnics and parties in local parks. The rest of the events are individual block parties for Neighborhood Watch Programs.