Time to get ready for Night To Unite

How well do you know your neighbors? The annual Night To Unite (N2U) parties are a great way for neighbors to get to know each other.

McGruff, the Crime Fighting Dog, poses for a photo with Morgan High, then seven years old, during her neighborhood’s 2011 Night to Unite party. In the background, Ramsey Police Reservist Todd Brotowski is patting down Jack Duda to show how the police arrest criminals. Photo by Tammy Sakry

McGruff, the Crime Fighting Dog, poses for a photo with Morgan High, then seven years old, during her neighborhood’s 2011 Night to Unite party. In the background, Ramsey Police Reservist Todd Brotowski is patting down Jack Duda to show how the police arrest criminals. Photo by Tammy Sakry

Mark the calendar for the Aug. 7 event and make sure to register any Ramsey neighborhood parties with the Ramsey Police Department until July 20.

By registering their parties, the neighborhoods will receive coordinator packets that have materials to promote the party – t-shirts, giveaways, crime prevention tips, said Chandra Kreyer, Ramsey crime prevention specialist.

This year’s N2U focus is how to prevent nuisance thefts, she said.

Party organizers will receive hand-outs on how to prevent thefts from yards, vehicles, homes and of bikes.

Registered parties will receive visits from McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, Ramsey police officers, Ramsey firefighters and Ramsey City Council members on Aug. 7.

“(N2U parties) are a great way to get to know your neighbors as well as the neighborhood children,” Kreyer said.

Getting out and talking to the neighbors is also a great way of know what is going on in the neighborhood, she said.

Ramsey already has 11 parties registered.

Last year, there were 46 registered parties, Kreyer said.

The police and firefighters also visit day cares and churches that register their parties, she said.

They will also be picking up any school supplies the neighborhoods have collected for needy Ramsey families, Kreyer said.

The police department will be collecting school supplies from July 30 to Aug. 13.

For more information on N2U or the school supply collection, visit the city’s website at http://www.ci.ramsey.mn.us/night-2-unite.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com


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