|COUNTRYLANE WOODS II
|Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's CLW II
National Night Out event will not be held.
| The History of NATW and National Night Out
The National Association of Town Watch [natw.org] (NATW) is a nonprofit, crime prevention
organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement
agencies throughout the country. Since 1981, NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth
and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. NATW's network has
grown to include over 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations.
National Night Out, 'America's Night Out Against Crime,' was introduced by the Association in 1984.
The program was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin.
While the traditional 'lights on' and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded
considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals,
neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.
National Night Out is designed to:
* Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
* Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
* Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
* Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.