At that time, many communities were seeing a rise in crime and came together for the first time as a solemn statement to criminals that neighbors would stand together and not be victimized.
Over the years, National Night Out became not only a statement of unity but also a time of celebration and fellowship. Now, the night is usually marked by barbecues, potlucks and bounce houses for children sponsored by Neighborhood Watch groups across Tracy and Mountain House. If for some it seems that some events are more celebration than statement, National Night Out remains a time for law-abiding citizens to take a stand against criminals who inhabit our communities.
National Night Out is also an opportunity. Most people drive out of Tracy to go to work every day. When they get back home after a sometimes hours-long commute, few are likely to think of going next door to chat with a neighbor or take a hot meal to someone down the block who is ill.
This isolation from people nearby is no one’s fault; it is simply is a fact of modern life. National Night Out is an opportunity to break through our busy lives, reintroduce ourselves to those with whom we share a street and practice the civility and friendliness our communities are known for.
We must never forget that unity within neighborhoods keeps us safer. If we are part of it, the same unity will also make our communities a better place to live every day.
Don't miss this chance to be neighborly.
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