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.

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