An estimated 33 million participants in almost 10,000 places are expected to take part tonight in the national Night Out against crime, says the National Association of Town Watch, of Wynnewood, Pa. Fewer than 2 million people in 400 communities took part when the program began 20 years ago.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls Night Out an effort to get people outside to meet their neighbors and commit to keeping watch over each other’s safety.
Residents of more than 600 blocks in St. Louis were scheduled to take part.
Ed Neuenschwander a new resident who helped organize the event in the city’s Fox Park section, said neighbors worked in recent months to push out drug activity. Night Out is going to “let people know we’re here, we’re watching,” he said. “Fox Park is turning around.”
“Turn your porch lights on and have a party, and get to know one another,” urged police Maj. Rick Vilcek in suburban Richmond Heights. He praised the opportunity for police and residents to share concerns in a relaxed atmosphere.