National Night Out is taking place tonight in Pleasanton neighborhoods that are holding block parties to raise crime awareness and send a message to criminals that communities are fighting back.
While the two may not sound like they go together, National Night Out has been successful for nearly 27 years. The goal of the nationwide event is to raise crime and drug awareness, generate support for anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and to send a message to criminals that communities are fighting back.
Pleasanton began its involvement in the event 10 years ago, with four block parties; last year, there were 38 parties, with everything from potluck dinners to ice cream socials, kids' activities to live bands.
Parties that registered with police could get visits from the mayor, city manager, police or firefighters.
The event will be held in Pleasanton and in many cities across the country. More than 37 million people in 15,000 communities are expected to participate.