Colonial Village residents are planning to participate Tuesday in the community's first neighborhood watch-sponsored National Night Out, organizers said.
National Night Out is an annual, one-night event that encourages residents to get out onto their neighborhood streets and network so they can be safer from crime.
Last week, Colonial Village Neighborhood Watch volunteers placed bags of sand and votive candles at homes throughout the neighborhood. Residents are asked to light the candles and turn on their porch lights at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
After the homes and driveways are lighted, the neighborhood will sponsor an ice cream and beverage social from 7 to 9 p.m. Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are expected to be on hand to meet residents and answer questions about crime and safety.
Members of Charlotte Fire Department Station 12 plan to bring a fire truck to the event for children to see. City Council members Patsy Kinsey and John Lassiter are also expected to make a brief appearance, event organizer Krista Bokhari said.
Finally, a handful of personal and home safety businesses will participate. Bokhari said those businesses can talk with residents about home alarm systems and personal products such as pepper spray.
While overall crime is down this year in the police district encompassing Colonial Village, Bokhari said keeping the numbers low depends on vigilant neighbors.
“We're hoping events like this will bring out the neighbors and encourage them to network and get to know each other,” Bokhari said. “We're also hoping it will get more people to volunteer to be (neighborhood watch) block captains.”