Tuesday, August 03, 1999

Night Out partnership fights crime

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Police in the Tristate are turning the tables and asking residents to help them prevent crime.

        Tonight many area police departments will be taking part in the 16th annual National Night Out Against Crime, a time for law enforcement agencies and community watch groups to band together.

        “It provides a nationwide focus on the topic of crime prevention,” Boone County Police Capt. Jack Prindle said.

        “We're trying to inspire and continue a greater connection between the community and the police so people know what to do to help prevent crime.”

        Each of Cincinnati's five police districts will host activities ranging from cookouts to basketball tournaments.

        At the Senior Chateau on the Hill, a Price Hill senior building, police officers will lead a session on crime prevention.

        “I hope an awareness comes out of it,” said Pam McClafferty, the building's property manager, who said some residents were concerned earlier this year when the center had a problem with vandalism.

        “We have a keyed entry, and people just buzz people in sometimes without knowing who it is,” she said. “I just hope this gives them an understanding about things to be cautious of.”

        Joe Richter, a neighborhood police officer in Northside and Winton Place, said the day is symbolic of a partnership between neighbors and police.

        Residents are also asked to turn on their outside lights, a symbolic gesture that shows they are united against crime.

        “We want them to be more aware of the crime in their neighborhood, and we want them to express to the criminals that they will not tolerate crime in their neighborhood,” he said.

        “It's kind of a showdown against crime.”

        Tanya Bricking and Marie McCain contributed to this report.

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