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North Aurora residents to get together on National Night Out

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – North Aurora residents are invited to meet their neighbors and local law enforcement agencies as part of Tuesday’s National Night Out event.

“It’s a good way to meet the residents,” North Aurora Police Crime Prevention Officer Robyn Stecklein said. “It’s nice to have positive interactions. It’s also a reminder for residents to get out and meet their neighbors. I’ve always felt that in a neighborhood where you know each other, you are more vested in the neighborhood.”

The North Aurora Police Department, along with firefighters and McGruff the Crime Dog, will visit neighborhood gatherings from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

North Aurora residents hosting an event should register to ensure they receive a police visit. They can register by contacting Stecklein at 630-906-8146 or emailing rstecklein@vil.north-aurora.il.us.

National Night Out, an annual event started in 1984, is designed to heighten crime-prevention awareness and generate support for local anti-crime programs. The night also is an effort to promote cooperation and unity between law-enforcement departments and the communities they serve.

That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people.

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