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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Neighbours' Night Out - Tuesday, June 21

What is Neighbours' Night Out?

It's just a few neighbour's getting together in a driveway, a parkette, a backyard, on their block, or wherever else that it is convenient. This event, held annually on the third Tuesday of June, brings together thousands of neighbourhoods for one common purpose: community safety. We believe that crime does not thrive in a healthy, strong, caring community. Having a fun evening with the people on your street or in your building can help by sharing information and concerns. Since 1985 this has been very successful in North York. In 2003, over 145 block parties with over 12,000 participants were reported across Toronto. Last June, nearly 20,000 people and 200 different communities joined in on Neighbours' Night Out celebrations.

The purpose for this program is to encourage residents to become more involved and responsible for their overall safety and that of their Neighbourhood, while at the same time strengthening the cohesiveness of the community. The end result is an atmosphere of unity and purpose, improved community spirit and a reduction in crime. By coming out, we can show that this new Toronto is still made up of strong neighbourhoods who want to make this the safest city in the world.

The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at different registered locations in Toronto. For more information, please check or contact Crime Concern/Neighbourhood Watch at 416-225-1102 and ask for Lindy Rocke, Community Safety Coordinator.