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7/18/2014 9:20:00 AM
National Night Out/Night to Unite is August 5

The 11th Night to Unite/National Night Out, sponsored by the Cannon Falls Police Department, is Tuesday, August 5.

Night to Unite is a Minnesota version of the National Night Out event, designed to get neighbors together to keep their neighborhood crime free.

The Cannon Falls Police Department has combined Night to Unite and National Night Out. Both are designed to make residents more aware of crime and drug prevention issues, generate support for local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Chief Jeff McCormick advises that people who get to know each other are more likely to report suspicious activity at a neighbor's home. "Police really appreciate having more eyes and ears watching out for their neighbors," he noted.

He continued, "Party hosts in previous years have had positive comments describing it as 'a fun thing to do' and 'a good way to get to know their neighbors.'"

The Cannon Falls Police Department is looking for residents who would like to host a neighborhood event.

Hosts make a minimal commitment to open their yard, driveway or garage, etc. to their neighbors, but they may decide to host a potluck meal, or offer snacks, beverages and other activities.

Typically, the neighborhood parties are held sometime between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. but hosts set the hours for their event.

Members of the Cannon Falls Police Department, Cannon Falls Firefighters and the Cannon Falls Ambulance Service will visit each of the parties.

Those interested in hosting a party this year should contact Karen at the Police Department by Tuesday, July 22, at 507-263-9322.

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