Celebrate National Night Out with local police officers, and a hot dog
July 31, 2012
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Local residents can meet officers from the Issaquah Police Department, obtain valuable safety information and munch on free hot dogs at the city’s National Night Out event Aug. 7.
The nationwide event heightens neighborhood crime awareness, generates support for local anticrime efforts, and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Some 15,000 communities and 36 million people around the country are expected to participate in their local neighborhoods.
Officer Karin Weihe said that the event is an effective way to reach out to residents and remind them of important safety tips.
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“Unfortunately, we’ve had an increase in home burglaries and a lot of times we don’t get to outreach to every neighborhood about ways to keep not only personal safety, but to keep their homes safe as well,” she said. “We have found that this is a great way to get out all of the information that we would love to provide all of the community members.”
More than 30 vendors are expected to be on hand to provide safety information.
Residents can learn about Internet safety from Microsoft, get tips on keeping their mail safe from the U.S. Postal Service, obtain a sense of what supplies are best for emergency preparedness from Costco and much more.
Issaquah’s National Night Out will also include a raffle and prizes for children and adults. Prizes include alarm systems, emergency preparedness items and more.
Citizens are encouraged to bring a box of their sensitive documents to be destroyed by a mobile shredding service in order to help avoid identify theft.
The King County My ID Club will be available to fingerprint and photograph children, creating a useful identification card for their parents’ records.
The shredding services as well as the identification card are free.
Issaquah police officers will man the grills and offer free hot dogs, chips, water and soda.
The event, hosted by the Issaquah Police Department, is free to the public and runs from 5-7 p.m. on the steps of Issaquah City Hall.
“It’s a great event to bring the family to,” Weihe said, “lock up their house, get their kids and come on down and join us.”