Fight crime by simply turning on your porch light

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette will once again take part in the nation’s premiere crime prevention event, National Night Out. Honored on the first Tuesday of August, it is known as America’s night out against crime.

The Lafayette Police Department will host National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Colt World Series in Columbian Park from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Officials said National Night Out promotes various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, state and regional crime prevention associations, civic groups, and individuals devoted to safer communities. The event works to aid in police-community partnerships, as well as neighborhood camaraderie in the fight for a safer nation.

LPD will have a booth set up at the entrance to Loeb Stadium. Guests can sign up for NIXLE alerts and learn more about the DARE program. There will also be a dunk tank where you can “Dunk a Cop” or spin the “Wheel of Justice” to win prizes with a donation.

Lafayette police encourage residents to participate in the event with their own activity, like a block party or cookout. Officers said residents can also show support by simply turning on their porch lights Tuesday evening for the traditional “lights on” campaign — a front porch vigil which has turned into a celebration across America.

LPD hopes to enhance community relations and send a message to criminals — neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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