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National Night Out

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

"A Moment of Time Can Prevent a Crime"

Since 1984, communities in the United States have been coming together each year with law enforcement to raise awareness on crime prevention. The Orange County Sheriff's Office is planning to recognize the 37th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, October 6. 

In addition to celebrating National Night Out community events, neighborhoods can enter our Crime Prevention themed contest. For participating communities and Neighborhood Watch groups entering the contest, there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected. This will be based on the following criteria:

  • The group's creativity correlating their community event to this year's theme: A Moment of Time Can Prevent a Crime,
  • The amount of neighborhood participation, and
  • The crime prevention measures that are incorporated.

Communities are able to enter this information when registering for National Night Out.

The winners of the contest will receive a visit from Sheriff John Mina or members of his Senior Staff, and various members from the Specialized Patrol Division (Marine, Motors, and Mounted Units).

We invite every community to enter the contest, but it is not mandatory. Communities should still register their National Night Out event with us, even if they opt not to enter the contest. We look forward to celebrating National Night Out activities in all of our communities in Orange County.

Contact Information:




Little Lake Barton National Night Out


Event Ideas

Crime Prevention Measures

  • Educate neighbors to always hide valuables
  • Check the lighting in the area and around your homes as a group event
  • Practice removing your keys and valuables from your car and locking the doors
  • Mark, inventory, and photograph your valuables and maintain an electronic copy
  • Get to know your neighbors and exchange contact information in case of an emergency
  • Adopt a Neighborhood Watch Program
  • Trim trees and shrubbery around windows and entrance ways
  • Make sure the area is free from trash and other unnecessary debris
  • See something, Say something!

Contribute to your Community

  • Beautify a common area
  • Plan a fall clean-up or bulb planting
  • Nominate a block or an individual for a crime prevention award
  • Sign all ages up for library cards

Activities for Youth

  • Bicycle parade/rodeo
  • Chalk Art
  • Face Painting
  • Moon Bounce/Moon Walk
  • Make a banner or mural
  • Talent Show

Simple Refreshments

  • Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
  • Cookie Exchange
  • Potluck
  • Pretzels and Soda
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Popcorn
  • Cotton Candy

2019 National Night Out Logo

Thank you to all of the communities that participated in the contest this year.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners!

First Place

Avalon Park - Sector 2

Second Place

Summerlake Community Association - Sector 3

Third Place

Deer Lake Run - Sector 1

Informational Video