Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today reminded Pittsburgh residents to participate in this year’s National Night Out (NNO) to be held tomorrow, Tues., Aug. 2, 2011. This year, nearly 30 community groups will be hosting events with a total expected turnout of over 2,500 residents. Residents can quickly and easily locate the event closest to them by utilizing the Mayor’s new, user-friendly NNO website, nno.pittsburghpa.gov, which includes an interactive map of all registered events. Upon registration, community groups were provided a packet of information on the many public safety resources available for their neighborhood.
“Pittsburgh is experiencing its third straight year of historic crime lows, but a key part of our City’s Third Renaissance is our efforts to drive our crime rates down even lower in our neighborhoods,” Ravenstahl said. “In order to achieve this, we need neighbors and police working together. National Night Out provides an opportunity for community organizations to host fun events like picnics and porch parties that help to build relationships between neighbors and police officers. Neighborhoods that host these events send a clear message to criminals that crime is not welcome.”
NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is an opportunity for neighborhoods to raise awareness of crime prevention in a fun, family friendly environment. In addition, it is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, encourage participation in neighborhood anticrime programs and strengthen police-community partnerships. Last year over 25 Pittsburgh neighborhoods participated in NNO.
The Mayor’s newly created NNO website allowed neighborhoods to easily register their planned events at nno.pittsburghpa.gov. Upon registration, organizations received a packet of useful public safety information created specifically for local community groups. Each packet includes: tips on how to start a local block watch; an informational sheet that lists all public safety contacts specific to that community; the 2011 Annual Police Report; a Nuisance Property Task Force brochure; and PIRC community response cards.
Mayor Ravenstahl will also be issuing a proclamation declaring August 2, 2011, “National Night Out” in the City of Pittsburgh. All community groups participating in NNO will received a copy of the proclamation along with a thank you letter from the Mayor.