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A night out

Crime and drug

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos

— Do you feel unsafe leaving your doors unlocked at night?

Constantly glance over your shoulder to make sure that shadow is yours?

Or leave your porch lights on at night?

Public authorities are asking the community to leave their porch lights on Tuesday, Aug. 7, as a national symbol of a stance against crime. Public authorities are participating in the National Night Out 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wendy’s.

The National Night Out is a national community-policing program that promotes crime and drug prevention in communities such as Craig.

Wendy’s has been the host of the event for four years. Wendy’s district manager Karen Worth sees the night as a way to celebrate kids and community safety.

They are honored to be the host of the event, and even bring out Wendy’s mascots and a full staff for families to enjoy, she said.

“As a locally owned business we are very involved in the community and care about public safety,” Worth said. “This event is a great way to give awareness to the community that maybe they don’t have.”

With the help of Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Department, Craig Regional Communication Center, Craig Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado State Parks, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Memorial Hospital, Neighborhood Watch and Moffat County Victims Assistance program the community experience crime prevention first hand.

Bringing all these departments together will be a great way to give the community an opportunity to interact with a variety of public authorities, said Vellaine Harris, regional manager for Communication Center.

“The community can get their questions answered from the source itself,” Harris said. “It also gives parents and children an opportunity to see the different services provided in the area.”

The event has been a success in years past because of the community’s involvement, said Harris. There are various activities for children at the event including patrol car rides, a chance to meet McGruff and free bike registration.

“Although the event is geared toward children, parents will find it to be very informative and beneficial,” Harris said.


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