|(08/01/06) - The City of Akron and the Akron
Police Department are joining local block watch and community groups to renew the pledge
to fight crime during the 23rd Annual National Night Out Against Crime. Police
are asking residents to show support by turning on an outside light the night of August 1,
This year's theme is: "We
Report All Crimes on Our Block!" Mayor Don Plusquellic is asking Akron
residents to become a part of the solution and help solve crimes in our community.
The mayor called for more involvement, saying,
"I would like our citizens to consider joining a block watch group or participate in
neighborhood safety in some other way. When someone has witnessed a crime, he or she
needs to do the right thing and call and report it. Too often people witness a crime, but
refuse to disclose what they know."
The City of Akron will make available to block watch groups and others who may want to
participate in making their neighborhood safer, an anti-crime yard sign pledging that you
will call police if you witness a crime on your block.
Akron residents who would like to participate can pick up a
free We Report All Crimes on Our Block! sign at any of the City of Akron's 13 community
centers or at the Akron Police Department's
community relations office at 217 S. High Street, room 402. The City is also making signs
available at East Akron Community House at 550 South Arlington Street and at the Mountain
of The Lord Fellowship-Charisma Community Connections, 1477 Copley Road.
To receive your free sign, you must be an Akron resident and show proof of residency.
Only one sign will be given per household, and we encourage citizens to keep the
signs up year round.
On August 1, turn on your outdoor lights and put out your sign to send a message that
Akron's Night Out Against Crime is a round-the-clock, 365 day-per-year event and that We
Report All Crimes on Our Block!
For information on where to get your free anti-crime yard sign, call the Community
Relations Unit of the Akron Police Department at (330) 375-2390 or Billy Soule, Assistant
to the Mayor for Community Relations at (330) 375-2345.
Related Community Activities:
On August 1, as part of the National Night Out Against Crime, the Mountain of the Lord
Fellowship and Charisma Community Connections will hold a rally starting at 6:00pm. It
will include food, entertainment, community speakers and informational booths. This
event will kick-off a city-wide "Violence Free Zone" initiative. All
Neighborhood Block Watch Groups' participants are invited to wear t-shirts and take
part in a march following a short program. For additional information call (330) 873-9793.