Family fun combats crime at National Night Out

Event downtown Aug. 6
Aug. 07, 2013 @ 01:04 PM

Thomasville's biggest meet-and-greet of the year is right around the corner, literally. 

National Night Out returns to the Chair City for the 26th time from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the square in Thomasville. The annual event brings the community together with law enforcement and other public service agencies for an evening of mingling and family fun in an effort to combat crime.

"It's a good opportunity for the community to see the other partners we work with to help make the community better," said TPD Chief Jeff Insley. "It also gives the community an opportunity to see what we have available and it's just a good opportunity for a little education and a friendly get together."

National Night Out, sponsored annually by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local crime prevention programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships and send a message to criminals that citizens are organized and fighting back.

"We want people to come out so we can show this is a safe community and we're not going to let crime get us down by standing together," Lt. Donnie Rowe said. "We want the community to know that we are one of the good guys and we're here to help and do what's right in the community whenever we can."

Joining  the event will be Lexington Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff's Office, N.C. Highway Patrol, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, Communities In Schools of Thomasville, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The Dragonfly House, Thomasville Fire Department, Fairgrove Fire Department, Davidson County Emergency Services and Thomasville Rescue Squad. Participating organizations will offer demonstrations, information and answer any questions about their respective services. 

"It gives the community a chance to see some of the things we do," said Insley. "We're big on partnerships and this is one location where we all come together, bring their different services to fight crime together and try and make a difference in the community."

This year's event will feature free giveaways, live music, health assessments, bounce houses, the "Whack-a-crime-car," blood pressure screenings, a car show and information on bicycle safety and motorcycle awareness. Dominos Pizza will provide free pizza, Just Save will supply hot dogs and Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center will have plenty of water on hand. Snow cones will be available free of charge. More than 1,100 hot dogs were served a year ago.

For more information, contact Rowe at 475-5584.


Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or