By Susan Stern — Next Tues, Aug. 4, 2015 between 6 to 9 p.m. Elk Creek Crossing neighbors are invited to come together for a common cause – crime prevention.
“Talk to your neighbors. Plan a pot luck dinner. We invite everyone to participate in “National Night Out!” It is a great way to get to know your neighbors, strengthen bonds, encourage crime prevention and help keep our corner of the world safe,” said Gerald Schulte, the patrol captain of the newly-formed volunteer Walnut Ridge/ECC Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols.
On Tuesday night, both ECC and Walnut Ridge’s Homeowners Associations hope residents commit to spending the evening outside with their fellow neighbors.
Turn On Outside Lights | Lock Doors
The “lights on” your home initiative is still a go. That means you are asked to turn on your outside lights and lock doors in an act of symbolism. Block parties with pot lucks and cookouts are also suggested, too.
Our Omaha Police Department-certified Citizen Patrol team plans to hit the streets to meet neighbors, distribute safety flyers, bottled water and hand out candy – “Life Savers.”
Officers may stop by and say hello when they spot neighbors in their front yard. The men and women whose job it is to protect and serve would be available to answer questions and engage in friendly conversation, as well.
Schulte hopes for widespread participation within Elk Creek Crossing & Walnut Ridge – all to demonstrate that “our neighborhoods are concerned about safety, and that we look out for one another!”
“National Night Out’s” purpose is to work together to keep us all safe.
ECC Residents: Please consider participating with neighbors on your block. We are advertising this to homeowners via postcard mailer, entrance signage, here and on nextdoor.com. Consider joining the private social network for neighborhoods. Join here.
“National Night Out” is observed by approximately 16,124 communities nationwide, including U.S. military bases around the world and some Canadian cities according to the National Association of Night Watch.
Graphic design by ECC Resident Ann Smith