Being a home remodeler in the Twin Cities, we know how important it is to feel safe in your home. While we focus on the look and feel of a home we understand how important it is to also have a safe community to live in. There is no better way than getting to know your neighbors to help ensure a safe community. There is still time to plan your National Night Out, even if you’ve never planned one before.

National Night Out
When: Tuesday, August 2nd

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make your neighborhoods safer, and better places to live. You can learn more about National Night Out on their website, or click here for local information and to register your block party.

The National Night Out events in the Twin Cities are designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out takes place the first Tuesday in August, this year it’s August 2nd. That means there’s more than a month to prepare for your neighborhood event.

There’s Still Time To Plan Your National Night Out

  1. The first step is to talk to your neighbors, and ask for a few volunteers to help organize the event.
  2. Choose which kind of event – pot luck, ice cream social, catered, etc.
  3. Choose a time and place – National Night Out is August 2nd, but you don’t have to have it on that date. A weekend may be more convenient.
  4. Create a flier and leave it at the doors of your neighbors.
  5. Invite local fire station and police to stop by.
  6. Encourage neighbors to bring chairs, paper plates, cups etc and don’t forget a large trash bin to collect debris at the end of the evening.

Introduce yourself to everyone and be sure to set out a clipboard so people can leave their phone numbers and email addresses. Make copies and distribute after the party. Consider creating a Facebook group for your neighborhood, too.