Why Everyone Should Attend Tonight's "National Night Out"

Neigh watch  1By Laura Braden

Homegrown Sacramentans will tell you horror stories of the wasteland that used to be our beloved grid – you didn’t feel safe walking alone at night, businesses weren’t open later than 9:00pm and “for lease” signs littered the windows of every blighted building.

Fast forward to today, and the picture of our community is quite different. New shops and businesses seem to open every week; home sales are booming; there’s a farmers market open somewhere on the grid every day; dogs and strollers fill every patio; and bike lanes/light installations are making our streets safer.

But as Midtown continues to grow and thrive, we have to stay on top of crime and public safety. GOTG still believes that it’s up to each of us to stay alert and protect the reputation of our city – and the safety of our neighbors. Growth and development can lead to an uptick in crime. But this isn’t Oakland – the economic and quality of life benefits we reap with more restaurants, shops, bars and festivals in Midtown (for now) greatly outweigh the alternatives. Should that ever change, we’ll be one of the first to speak up.

That’s why I’m going to the Midtown Neighborhood Association’s “National Night Out” TONIGHT at 6:00pm at L and 22nd Streets (see flyer here).

The event is free and family-friendly, with a bounce house and games. They’ll have hot dogs, veggie burgers, hamburgers and beverages (they’re asking folks to bring a side dish/dessert/beverages to share).

National Night Out started in 1984 to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NNO now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

Tonight’s event will also feature artist Peter Hassen with the Values Project. Peter is holding public workshops to to discuss and identify shared “value” words, which will then be painted in 29 Priority Parking lots throughout Midtown. Check out his segment on KCRA!

Can’t join tonight, but want to do your part?

NextDoor.com is a private social network that currently helps connect 14,000 neighborhoods nationwide. Features include the ability to share recommendations about local services and businesses; organize neighborhood events; report suspicious activities and help prevent crime; and create groups to better connect residents. In June, the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) announced a new partnership with NextDoor.com to expand their ability to deliver public safety information, crime prevention tips and community activities to specific Nextdoor sites, and/or to larger areas within Sacramento.

The “SacPD Mobile” app features reverse 911 registration, the ability to report issues, a “most wanted” directory, cold case information, links to SacPD social media profiles and a digital catalog where users can create an inventory of valuables should any items get lost or stolen. To download the app, search the Apple Store for “SacPD Mobile.” Android and Blackberry versions coming soon.

Hope to see everyone there!

Disclaimer: The Midtown Business Association is a client of Laura’s.


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