Harrisonburg Gets Ready for National Night Out

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- The National Night Out event kicks off Tuesday night. It's America's night out against crime.

This annual event is designed to involve neighbors, businesses and police. The event is to let criminals know neighbors won't back down from a fight.

Angela Wiseman, the property manager with Mosby Heights, is getting ready for Tuesday's National Night Out. She's been a part of the event for five years.

"It's a lot of fun getting together, get everybody out and about. Getting them together as a community so they know who their neighbors are," said Wiseman.

Wiseman said this is a great way for people to get out and know each other.

"You have some that are gonna stay to themselves but for the most part we get a pretty good turn out here, most of the residents come out," said Wiseman.

National Night Out isn't just for get together with neighbors. It also gives first responders a chance to meet the people they are serving.

"It takes a community to police a community, and that's the big key we get out of this event. It's us getting involved and talking to people and finding out what they really think and using that to make the city a better place," said HPD Resource Officer Rachel Hammer.

Hammer said Harrisonburg has been doing this event for about 17 years.

"There's going to be a couple of community BBQ, picnics, there's also an ice cream social. Just a way for the officials and the community to come together and celebrate being a community," said Hammer.

Wiseman thinks National Night Out should be every where.

"I think every communities need to join together and prepare it each year. It would be a nice thing for everybody to get involved in," said Wiseman.

Harrisonburg Police is asking everyone in the city if Harrisonburg to turn on their porch light and other outside lights to light up the city.

The event starts in Court Square at 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, click on the link below.

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