Not only will the National Night Out Against Crime in Blue Springs be a fun event, but community members will also get good information about how to prevent crime in their community.

Not only will the National Night Out Against Crime in Blue Springs be a fun event, but community members will also get good information about how to prevent crime in their community.
“It is a night to get the community out to meet each other,” said Sgt. Allen Kintz of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It is also an opportunity to raise awareness and make neighborhoods safer.”
The annual Night Out Against Crime is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Blue Springs. Similar events are taking place nationwide with the goal to raise community awareness as well as inform citizens on ways everyone can work together to fight crime in the community.
The event began in 1984 with only 400 communities in 23 states participating. Last year, more than 35 million people in all 50 states as well as in U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases throughout the world participated
National Night Out is designed to increase crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and to send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are fighting back against crime.
Last year, more than 3,500 people attended the Blue Springs event. It ranked in the top 30 nationwide for community participation.
“This is going to be a fun night for everyone,” Kintz said. “There will be a lot to do and people will be able to get some good information at the same time.”
The free event includes live entertainment, food, game booths and raffle prizes. In addition, there will be almost 40 vendors who will be at Night Out Against Crime demonstrating new crime prevention tools as well as having activities for children to get involved.
Something new this year involves members of the Blue Springs Police Department going out to six neighborhood block parties to make presentations.
“It is something we used to do, but then we moved to the one big, main event,” Kintz said. “Now, we are doing both because we feel it is important to have a presence in the neighborhoods.”
For more information, contact Michelle Majors at 816-228-0178.