Neighbors join forces for National Night Out

Columbus, (WCMH) – Neighborhoods around the country including right here in Central Ohio are joining forces to fight crime.

It’s all part of the 32nd Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and is locally sponsored by the Columbus Division of Police.

There are more than 150 community events planned throughout Columbus including live music, porch light vigils, cookouts and multiple kid-friendly activities.

FULL LIST: City of Columbus Events

National Night Out is designed to promote police-community partnerships to heighten crime awareness and to increase anti-crime efforts.

The annual event goes from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Around Central Ohio:

Powell: Attend the annual Mystery Night Out event from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. A bicycle has been stolen and we need your detective skills to help solve the mystery! Clues will be located throughout downtown Powell and will lead participants back to Village Green Park for an evening of entertainment by Matty Sexton, the En Place Foods Truck, raffle prizes and more!

Raffle prizes include bikes from Target, more than $500 in gift cards to local restaurants and retailers, a Vera Bradley book bag and more. Plus, the first 20 kids to arrive at registration will receive a FREE helmet from Target.

The City of Westerville will again take part in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” on Tuesday, August 4 from 6:30-10 p.m. Click here for a list of Westerville neighborhoods with plans to celebrate.

Activities include potlucks, karaoke, raffles, police car rides, face painting, and visits from police officers and safety friends Officer Friendly, PC: The Patrol Car and McGruff.

The City of Whitehall will hold its annual National Night Out event from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 on the lawn next to the Whitehall Division of Police, located at 365 S. Yearling Road.

Whitehall’s National Night Out will also feature free food, courtesy of Target, music, a bounce house, other giveaways and tons of safety-related fun for kids of all ages. More than a dozen crime prevention organizations, including DSCC, the VA clinic and the City of Gahanna, will be on hand to share information and tools about how to keep Whitehall families safe.

The City of Worthington will hold its National Night Out event from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Worthington Community Center at 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road. The event will feature information and activities including Neighborhood Watch Programs, Police & Fire Vehicles, Motorcycle Unit Martial Arts Demo, McGruff the Crime Dog, K-9 Unit, “Drunk” goggles, Child ID kit and Free Food.

Car seat inspections will also take place from 5:30-7:30 as well as an outdoor showing of Big Hero 6. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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