Blaine registration open for Night to Unite

It’s not too late to register residential block parties for Night to Unite, Blaine’s largest and most visible crime prevention and community outreach event.

Crime Prevention Specialist Kim Kiley said this week 75 block parties locations have already registered for the Tuesday, Aug. 7 community gathering.

This marks the fourth year of Night to Unite in Blaine. It’s the 26th consecutive year residents and safety services personnel have united against crime.

Last year, residents hosted 121 neighborhood block parties, most featuring food, fun activities and a brief crime prevention discussion, according to Kiley.

“I usually get a lot more block party registrations in the last two weeks prior to the event, and more come in during the day of Night to Unite,” Kiley said.

The best way to register? Kiley strongly encourages that Blaine residents to complete their forms online by visiting the city’s website, www.ci.blaine.mn.us.

“There’s a rotating [photo] banner on top of the page. Just wait for the Night to Unite banner to appear, click on the link and register right there,” she said.

During their Night to Unite visits, Blaine police officers will explain a new online crime reporting and mapping tool that’s also a click away on the website.

CrimeReports.com now displays local crime incident data visually for residents.

The public can sign up for alerts by entering the types of crimes they are interested in and how often they want to receive information by visit the city’s website and clicking on the linked icon under “Residents” or “Safety Services.”

“We’ll have talking points for our Night to Unite teams when they go out,” Kiley said. “We’ll have three teams going out at 5 p.m. because we will have some block parties that start at 5 p.m. The rest of the teams will have their traditional roll call at 5:45 p.m. here at Blaine City Hall.”

Neighborhood groups are encouraged to register planned outings with the city to ensure a visit from members of the city’s safety services department.

Registration is free and all materials are currently available online and from the Blaine Police Department at City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive N.E.

NTU is sponsored by three primary organizations: Minnesota Crime Prevention Association (MCPA), AAA of Minnesota and Iowa and local law enforcement.

For more information or to learn how more about block parties at this year’s NTU, contact Kiley at 763-785-6186 or via e-mail at kkiley@ci.blaine.mn.us.

The Blaine city website, www.ci.blaine.mn.us, contains a large NTU section that includes block party tips and on-line registration forms for city residents.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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