Alameda celebrates National Night Out tonight
Alameda will join thousands of other communities across the country in celebrating the 27th annual National Night Out tonight at more than a dozen block parties, cookouts and ice cream socials across town.
The event is designed to generate support for crime prevention efforts and bolster neighborhood spirit and partnerships with police, its organizers say.
“It sends out a message of the community uniting against crime,” Alameda Police Detective Craig Vreeland said.
Alameda police will attend each of the parties, offering fingerprinting kids and other goodies for the kids plus visits with McGruff the Crime Dog. Representatives from Alameda Municipal Power will attend as well to visit and hand out energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (that will, presumably, help take a bite out of your energy bill).
Visits begin at 5:45 p.m., and the event will last until 9 p.m., Vreeland said.
Vreeland said the Island has seen a spike in residential burglaries of late, and he’s hopeful that a watchful resident will see something – and call police.
“It’s going to take that one time somebody says, ‘I see something going on out there,'” he said.
The parties are being hosted by local neighborhood watch groups. If you’d like to hold one next year, you can call Vreeland at 337-8305.