Tens of Thousands Take Part in Local 2018 'National Night Out' Events

by Morgan Montalvo

WOAI News 

San Antonians turned out by the tens of thousands last night for 2018’s National Night Out, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. The annual nationwide event was established to give neighbors an  opportunity to meet and discuss crime prevention ideas, as well as meet  their communities’ first responders. 

In the Oak Hollow Park subdivision on San Antonio’s far north side,  organizer Ron van Kirk tells News Radio 1200 WOAI National Night Out is a  one-stop event for new residents to connect and become part of the  neighborhoods fabric. 

“We  have our neighborhood membership drive, we collect school supplies, we  answer questions for people who are new to the neighborhood.” says van  Kirk, who adds that his neighborhood has several times in previous years  won top National Night Out honors.  Van Kirk says National Night Out is, for many residents, the best time to forge relationships with people on their streets. 

“They’re all staying busy, people are limited on time and, every now and  then, you just have to stop, catch your breath and get to meet some of  your neighbors. It helps to put a face with a name,” says van Kirk. 

District  1 City Councilman Roberto Trevino says National Night Out gives  residents an opportunity to identify and discuss infrastructure  priorities, “like sidewalks, like better lighting in our city. These are  the kinds of things that improve that level of public safety,” Trevino  says. 

National  Night Out, Trevino says, is also tailor-made for citizens interested in  establishing working relationships with local police and firefighters,  who often staff information booths or conduct safety and crime  prevention demonstrations at the annual events.

“Work  with them, get to know them. It’s just a really good time to express  that community that we know we share here in San Antonio,” Trevino says.

 More than 1,700 local groups this year registered their National Night  Out events with the San Antonio Police Department, says SAPD spokesman  Officer Doug Greene.

More than 1,700 local groups, such as the  members of this gathering at Dellview Park on San Antonio's north side,  turned out last evening for 2018 National Night Out crime prevention  events. Photo by Morgan Montalvo

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