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HED:Neighborhood Watch groups getting ready for National Night Out

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

Local Neighborhood Watch groups are getting set to kick out crime as part of National Night Out celebrations on Tuesday.

Neighborhood watch groups across the nation will gather on Tuesday as a stand against crime in their communities.

They'll turn on their porch lights to illuminate streets from 7 to 9 p.m., said Tupelo Police Capt. Richard Carleton of the Crime Prevention Unit.

Fifteen Tupelo neighborhoods are organized to participate in National Night Out with block parties, he said. Last year about 18 of 39 organized Tupelo Neighborhood Watch programs planned activities for the National Night Out.

The town of Dumas also has requested help from the Tupelo police to hold its own National Night Out festivities, Carleton said.

Each of the participating groups has something different planned, Carleton said. Some are planning potluck suppers or barbecues; others are planning ice cream socials.

Tupelo police and firefighters will be visiting block parties in their service areas. McGruff the Crime Dog and the Tupelo Police DARE program Drug Terminator Corvette also will be stopping by the National Night Out block parties, Carleton said.

The police helicopter will judge how brightly lit the participating neighborhoods are illuminated during the National Night Out celebration, Carleton said.

Neighborhoods can increase their glow by shining flashlights at the helicopter as it flies over, he said.

The police department helped the citywide Neighborhood Watch Coalition coordinate the distribution of barricades, Carelton said. The city workers also will be spraying Monday evening to crack down on mosquito activity during the block parties.

For last minute details, residents can contact Carleton at 841-6523.

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