UTSA's National Night Out offers information on safety and crime prevention resources

National Night Out 2013

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(Oct. 1, 2013) -- The UTSA Police Department will host National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the University Center Paseo on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention programs and resources to support safe and positive campuses. Free and open to the public, there will be snacks, information tables, a live band and kids' corner activities.

Marking the fourth annual event at UTSA, it is hosted by the UTSA Police Department, UTSA Student Activities and Target stores, in collaboration with other university departments.

National Night Out is a community-police collaborative event that raises awareness about police programs such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch and other anti-crime efforts. Across much of the United States, NNO is held the first Tuesday of August. In Texas, to avoid the August heat, the event is moved to the first Tuesday in October.

Held annually since 1984, the event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The events are typically organized by block watches, non-for-profit organizations, companies and police departments. The events can be as simple as backyard cookouts to full blown festivals. In the United States, citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states are involved in the event.

In addition to increasing awareness of crime prevention programs, the event strives to strengthen neighborhood pride and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods and communities are organized, working with police and fighting back against crime.

The UTSA campus sponsors and partners include Counseling Services; Office of Emergency Management; Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management; Student Activities; University Center Program Council, UTSA Bookstores, and Housing and Residence Life.

For more information, call 210-458-6250.