News Releases

[s5] Tonight is National Night Out Against Crime

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 7, 2012) – State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) encourages citizens of Northwest Indiana to turn on their porch lights tonight for the 29th annual “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO).

Millions of Americans will turn on their lights Tuesday to promote anti-crime and drug awareness in their communities. Some will also celebrate the evening with block parties, cookouts, parades and youth programs.

The Valparaiso Police Department’s bicycle unit, K-9 unit, detective bureau and patrol officers are planning to visit multiple neighborhoods that are interested in participating in the event.

“As the end of summer nears, this is a great opportunity to turn on the porch light and spend the evening with neighbors in support of a great anti-crime program,” Charbonneau said.

Created in 1984 to enhance community awareness and strengthen local crime prevention efforts, the annual event started with 400 communities, 23 states and 2.5 million Americans participating. The event has grown over the last three decades to include more than 37 million people from more than 15,000 communities.

Charbonneau also said events will be held at Aylea Park in Hebron from 7 to 9 p.m., the Hobart Community Pool from 6 to 9 p.m., and at Wolf Lake Splash Pad in Hammond from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information about the NNO, visit, or to see if a community in your area is participating, click here.