National Night Out in VOU

Villages of Urbana (VOU) residents settled here because, among other reasons, it is a safe place to live and raise their children. As the community has grown, however, so has the number of incidents on the Neighborhood Watch report.

Acts of vandalism, theft, and destruction of property are becoming somewhat common occurrences in VOU. The upcoming National Night Out is a great way for residents to come together as a community and fight back.

This year’s National Night Out will be held Aug. 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. on the green space in front of Urbana Regional Library.

Local law enforcement officials are expected to attend and will be available to answer questions.

The library will host a special story time for children at 6:30 p.m., and a self-defense demonstration will begin at 7 p.m.

A highlight of the event will be the new Neighborhood Watch lighting initiative. Based on the principle that light can keep a place safer at night, the VOU Watch group is offering a new incentive for residents to keep their outdoor lights on from dusk to dawn. Residents are now eligible to receive a 13W CFL bulb (900 lumens) for the mere cost of .50 cents per bulb, with the understanding that they will keep their outdoor lights on during the night.

The Lighting Up For Crime Prevention program is aimed at keeping homes and residents safe.

Once a year, for the past 27 years, neighbors across the country have come out to enjoy an evening together with law enforcement professionals, learning about drug and crime prevention and how to better keep their neighborhoods safe.

Created and sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, as well as law enforcement agencies, National Night Out is a great way to strengthen the police-community partnership and bolster neighborhood spirit.

In 2010, over 37 million people across the country, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide participated in National Night Out, including citizens, law enforcement officials, business owners and civic groups.

The VOU Neighborhood Watch group wants residents to come out and learn what they can do on their very own blocks and in the community to take a stand against crime.

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