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28th annual "National Night Out" against crime

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Residents throughout the San Diego area will unite in a display of community solidarity this evening as part of the 28th annual "National Night Out" anti-crime rally.

The event, held on the first Tuesday of August each year, is designed to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood cohesiveness and police-community relations while sending criminals the message that neighborhoods are taking a stand against them, organizers say.

Citizens are invited to participate by turning on their outdoor lights and spending the evening out and about with neighbors and law enforcement officers, who will be patrolling in increased numbers while interacting with the public.

The following "Night Out" events are planned around the county:

- Central San Diego: march against violence at the Peace, Love & Unity Rally, 54th Street and El Cajon Boulevard, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- Eastern San Diego: visits with local law enforcement officers, screening of "Kung Fu Panda," free hot dogs, a self-defense demonstration, face-painting, a rock-climbing wall, fingerprinting, games, giveaways and live entertainment, Salvation Army Kroc Center Recreation Field, 6845 University Ave., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Southeastern San Diego: family activities, youth-advocacy services and safety information in partnership with police, Jacobs Center and Say San Diego, Skyview Park, 7222 Skyline Drive, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- South Bay: entertainment by the Magic 92.5 Street Team, vintage-auto displays, face-painting, children's games, free hot dogs and refreshments, raffles and appearances by members of the San Diego Police Department, county Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol, as well as District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Robert Egger Senior South Bay Recreation Center, 1885 Coronado Ave., San Diego, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

- Chula Vista: police and emergency-services demonstrations, police station tours, crime-prevention information, face-painting, free food, drinks and giveaways, front courtyard, Chula Vista police headquarters, 315 fourth Ave., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Encinitas: visits with members of the sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit, child fingerprinting, free hot dogs, Target store, 1010 N. El Camino Real, noon to 5 p.m.

- Escondido: tours of new police and fire headquarters, service-dog demonstrations, martial-arts and self-defense demonstrations, children's activities, refreshments and an appearance by Miss Escondido, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Oceanside: free screening of "Despicable Me," hot dogs, safety information, and kids' arts and crafts, Libby Lake Park, 424 Calle Montecito, 6 p.m.. to 9:30 p.m.

- San Marcos: games, 911 dispatchers, a "talking" patrol car and fingerprinting, Bulow Park, 300 Autumn Drive, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

- Santee: entertainment, free snacks, prescription drug dropoff, document shredding and safety information, Woodglen Vista Park, 10250 Woodglen Vista Drive, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- Vista: Walk against Crime, entertainment and information booths, Main Street and South Indiana Avenue, 5 p.m.

Last year, an estimated 37 million people across the United States participated in National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

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