National Night Out Houston


At Preston Wood and Associates know how important it is to live in a thriving Houston community. One of the best ways to encourage a safe community is to get to know your neighbors. The best way to get to know your neighbors is by hosting a community gathering, BBQ, or block party. Whatever you call the gathering, there is no denying the benefits it has on the community.

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.

The National Night Out events in Charleston 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.

How to plan your National Night Out

  1. Get out and meet your neighbors, ask for a few volunteers to help organize the event.
  2. Decide which kind of event works best for your community – 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 for some residents.
  4. Create a flyer and pass it out to all your neighbors.
  5. Invite local fire station and police to stop by.
  6. Entertainment – Consider hiring a local band and renting a bounce house for the kids. Yard games can be fun too!
  7. 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.

Be sure to introduce yourselves at the gathering. If you have more reserved neighbors help them to get to know each other. 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.

To learn more about National Night Out check out your local police departments page or click here for the National Night Out website.


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