National Night Out: Coming to a neighborhood near you!

Mark your calendars and get ready to join your fellow Texans in celebrating National Night Out from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5!

National Night Out is an annual event during which a block party or social gathering is held in participating neighborhoods across the country with the goal of promoting neighborhood safety. Local police and fire departments are often invited to these gatherings to show support for their community.

National Night Out is not limited to one location; home owner associations and residents are encouraged to host a National Night Out event in their own neighborhoods on October 5. You can register your event with the Austin Police Department (APD) to receive National Night Out promotional materials and invite emergency personnel to attend. Although APD asks to receive applications by September 15, those who register their event after this date could potentially receive National Night Out materials and a visit from APD if supplies and scheduling allow.

Of course you can always organize your own event without officially registering it. The Austin Board of REALTORS® is providing event planning guides and promotional materials that you can customize for your event—included are flyer templates, suggestions for themes and activities and more.

If you’re unable to host or attend a National Night Out event in your neighborhood, bring your family and friends to the National Night Out Kick Off event, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, at The Grove at South Park Meadows, located at 9300-9900 IH 35 South. will have a booth set up at this location, so please stop by and say hello!

National Night Out is also a great opportunity talk to your neighbors about forming a Neighborhood Watch Program. Neighborhood watch groups help prevent residential crime and allow neighbors to quickly spread word during emergency situations. If you would like to learn more about starting your own neighborhood watch group, visit

However you choose to celebrate National Night Out, we hope you’ll join the State of Texas in sending a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. We look forward to seeing you on October 5!

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