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Six neighborhood gatherings planned for National Night Out

OCEANSIDE — Six neighborhood gatherings will be held on National Night Out this Tuesday.

Events will take place at Crown Heights Resource Center, John Landes Park, Joe Balderrama Park, Libby Lake Park, Marshall Street Pool, and Melba Bishop Recreation Center.

The annual safety night encourages residents to get to know their neighbors, community police, and bone up on crime prevention.

The goal of the night is to empower residents to take smart safety measures, be alert and report suspicious activities.

Oceanside Police Lt. Taurino Valdovinos said in our service-driven society many people have become complacent about taking safety precautions to secure their homes and businesses.

Valdovinos said it’s important for residents to be an extra set of eyes and ears for police who can not be at all places at all times.

Neighborhood police officers will on hand to meet and talk to residents at all six Night Out locations.

Some sites will also have police K-9 demonstrations, and the police mobile command center for kids to climb aboard.

“It’s a opportunity to come out and meet an officer on a personal level, to just hang out and ask any questions you may have that night,” Valdovinos said.

Information on crime prevention will be available, as well as police recruiting, and coloring books and stickers for kids.

Valdovinos said property crimes are up in the city, state and nation. He said available pamphlets provide tips on how to “target harden” homes and businesses from theft.

“People can help prevent crime with lighting, trimming back bushes, easy things,” Valdovinos said.

Maria Yanez, city Neighborhood Services management analyst, said the annual event gives residents an opportunity to meet their neighbors, and get to know who lives in their neighborhood.

“When they see people who don’t fit, they can keep an alert to that and call law enforcement for aid,” Yanez said.

Yanez said the goal of the night is to build strong relationships among residents, and between residents and police. She added its about strengthening a partnership with residents.

“We work hard with our communities, to let residents know they have the power to make changes,” Yanez said.

In addition to safety information the night is also about community building and fun. Most sites will have an outdoor movie, snacks and activities for kids.

New this year is a free family swim night at Marshall Street Pool. Activities at John Landes Park are also added.

Events are organized by the city, nonprofit groups and neighborhood associations. Activities take place Aug. 2, at varying times between 5 and 10 p.m.

National Night Out events: 

Crown Heights Resource Center, 1210 Division Street, 5 to 8 p.m.

John Landes Park, 4125 Lewis Street, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., new site

Joe Balderrama Park, 709 San Diego Street, 7 to 10 p.m.

Libby Lake Park, 504 Calle Montecito, 7 to 10 p.m.

Marshall Street Park and pool, 1404 Marshall Street, 5 to 7 p.m., new site

Melba Bishop Recreation Center, 5306 North River Road, 5 to 7 p.m.