National Night Out brings together Lincoln neighborhoods

By: By Allie Schwartz Of The Lincoln News Messenger
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The annual National Night Out on Aug. 5 was fun for the whole community in Lincoln as  neighbors met each other at block parties in neighborhoods throughout town. 

National Night Out was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1984, according to Pauline Watson, a National Night Out coordinator since February 2007.

It “began an effort to get people involved in crime prevention activities,” Watson said.

National Night Out provides Lincoln residents an opportunity to become better acquainted with their neighbors. 

“Neighbors who know each other are more likely to look out for each other,” Watson said.

Target sponsored a party in its parking lot for Lincoln families on National Night Out.  The party included bounce houses, dunk tanks, face painting and food vendors for family fun and entertainment. 

Lincoln firefighters and police were present at the event to show their support.

Lincoln Police Chief Rex Marks described National Night Out in Lincoln as “very successful” and said he” is looking forward to making the event even bigger next year.” 

National Night Out is a beneficial event for Lincoln residents, according to Marks. 

“It’s a time to be more aware of the people in your neighborhood and your surroundings” and “for neighbors to meet and get reengaged,” Marks said. 

National Night Out unites the Lincoln community against crime. 

“The main reason behind National Night Out is for people to get to know one another, help each other and build a safer and better neighborhood through involvement,” Watson said.