Minneapolis leads the nation in National Night Out participation

The people of Minneapolis once again lead the nation when it comes to National Night Out activities to build community and keep our neighborhoods safe. For the fourth time in the past five years Minneapolis placed first in the nation for the number of National Night Out gatherings held in the city, among cities with populations greater than 300,000, according to the National Association of Town Watch which sponsors the annual awards.

More than 60,000 Minneapolis residents gathered on Aug. 2 at a record 1,173 events in all 83 neighborhoods of the city to celebrate National Night Out. An improved, easier to use online registration process, the quality customer service from 311, and the hard work of the City’s Crime Prevention Specialists are just a few of the reasons for an increase in participation this year. Minneapolis’ effort, which was coordinated by the Minneapolis Police Department, resulted in activities ranging from small get-togethers in yards to elaborate events in parks and on blocked-off streets.

Since 1989, Minneapolis has placed first in the nation 10 times, and second place seven times among the largest cities in the country.

National Night Out is a crime prevention effort that aims to reduce crime by encouraging neighbors to get to know one another. When people know one another, they are more likely to watch out for one another and call police about suspicious activity. National Night Out activities help build and maintain Minneapolis’ extensive network of neighborhood watch block clubs by giving people an opportunity to get together with neighbors, meet new people and discuss issues.

Major sponsors of Minneapolis’ National Night Out were Target Corporation, Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, Castle Building and Remodeling, Mill City Museum and Cub Foods. In addition to the major sponsors, 144 local businesses supported block events.

Visit the City’s website for more information about Minneapolis’ National Night Out.

Published Dec 8, 2011