Salt Lake City police see the difference it makes when neighbors ban together and push back against crime, and Tuesday marks the celebration of that fight.
National Night Out Against Crime, held annually the first Tuesday of August since 1984, is meant to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are united and dedicated to protecting themselves. People traditionally leave their front porch lights on as a symbolic casting out of life's darkness. Then, depending on how involved a community wants to become, some throw block parties, barbecues and parades.
Three communities in Salt Lake City Westpointe, Glendale and East Liberty are throwing parties Tuesday evening (at 1920 W. Colonel Road, 1313 W. California Ave. and 1033 S. Lake St., respectively).