Pop quiz: Name the first line of defense against neighborhood crime.
Answer: Residents, of course.
Police constantly urge folks to keep an eye on their neighborhoods.
Look for suspicious people and vehicles.
Jot down license plates and descriptions.
Call police and alert your neighbors.
When it comes to citizen/police cooperation in crime fighting, Tuesday is the biggest night of the year.
It’s the annual National Night Out when neighbors are urged to turn on their porch lights, go out and meet their neighbors.
Dozens of Naitonal Night Out events are planned around Colorado Springs and in the communities surrounding the city from Monument to Black Forest to Falcon to Stratmoor Hills and Security/Widefield.
Many events involve barbecues and games.
It’s a great chance to make friends, eat a hot dog or burger, and in many neighborhoods meet and talk to police officers or El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies who attend National Night Out neighborhood events.
Check this link for information about Neighborhood Watch from Colorado Springs Police.
Here’s a good place to start if you want to learn more about the national Neighborhood Watch program.