102/106 precincts take back the night at annual event
by Rick Bocklet
Aug 09, 2011 | 817 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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In an effort to increase crime prevention awareness, especially of drugs and domestic violence, and encourage participation in local anti-crime programs, precincts across Queens hosted the 28th annual “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

The three-hour free vent helps strengthen neighborhood spirit and police and community relationships. It’s an especially good opportunity for adults and children to meet their local police officers.

Last year, the nationwide event drew over 37 million participants.

At the 104th Precinct event at Mafera Park in Ridgewood/Glendale, visitors got health tips from health care professionals, together with free screenings, complimentary rides and refreshments.

The 102nd Precinct’s Night Out at the Buddy Monument in Forest Park in Richmond Hill offered live music and women’s self-defense demonstrations..

At the 106th Precinct event at Centreville Park in Ozone Park, crime prevention information and presentations, together with dance classes, were on the bill. And, at the 112th Precinct event at McDonald Park in Forest Hills, safety tips and information for home and office, including burglary-deterring VIN Etching of electronic items, was given.

"New York City is America's safest big city and events like the ones held tonight ensure that our neighborhood communities play a strong role in keeping our city streets safe," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended the 106th Precinct event.

Noting that crime statistics are down 22% over the last five years - the lowest since the 1960s – the mayor said: “We'll continue to do everything possible - from putting more police officers back on the streets to tackling head-on the national problem of illegal guns - to make New York City even safer."
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