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SUFFOLK POLICE ISSUE CHALLENGE TO CITIZENS

FOLLOWING LIP SYNC VIDEO

 

(August 17, 2018)   The Suffolk Police Department has issued a challenge of its own to the citizens of Suffolk following the national hype regarding public safety lip sync videos.

Since they originally posted their lip sync challenge video on City of Suffolk Facebook and YouTube on August 3, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcBVdh5zjKk, the video has been viewed almost 300,000 times. 

Their new video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9kbwPmiw7g&feature=youtu.be, challenges citizens to “Lock It…Don’t Lose It” to help them avoid becoming a victim of crime.  

Thefts from vehicles are a problem across our City and in Hampton Roads.  In the overwhelming majority of these instances the vehicles had been left unlocked and could have been easily prevented by taking just a few seconds to click a button.    This is a problem not only for those who were unfortunate enough to have their cars entered and ransacked, but also for the neighborhoods as a whole.  These incidents also have a direct effect on overall crime statistics. 

There are 3 main reasons why residents should always lock their car doors:

1) Loss of valuables is the most obvious reason to lock your door.  Thieves look for crimes of opportunity and prime targets are unlocked vehicles with GPS devices and electronics, cell phones, jewelry, weapons, money and other valuables in plain sight.  In some cases, keys to vehicles have also been left inside resulting in the theft of the vehicle.   

2) Possible entry to your home.  If you leave your doors unlocked with a set of house keys or garage door opener in the glove compartment, it could be easy for the thieves to possibly enter your home, and you could become further victimized. 

3) Do it for the neighborhood.  While the Suffolk Police Department is happy to know that people feel secure in their neighborhoods, they stress that public safety is a shared responsibility.  If we tend to keep our cars or homes unlocked, word gets around and this is an open invitation for possible future crime. 

Suffolk Police challenge everyone to lock up, whether your car or your home. Do it not only for yourself and your family, but also for the neighborhood.


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SUFFOLK NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY AWARDS &

APPRECIATION CEREMONY SCHEDULED

(August 13, 2018)  The City of Suffolk National Night Out Community Awards & Appreciation Ceremony is set for Tuesday, August 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, located in Suffolk City Hall, 442 West Washington Street.  Celebrated on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Suffolk’s National Night Out festivities saw over 150 communities, civic leagues, churches and businesses partner together to hold cookouts, block parties, and various types of gatherings to say “No to Crime”.

All participating communities will receive certificates recognizing their hard work in helping make this year’s National Night Out an overwhelming success. The ceremony will also recognize the best of the best from across Suffolk. Awards include best individual community, best combined community, best supporting business, rookie of the year and more.

Suffolk’s theme for 2018 was “Lock It …Don’t Lose It”. This campaign was designed to remind citizens of one of the easiest things they can do to avoid becoming a crime victim, not to mention a step they can take that also has a direct impact on our overall crime statistics.  The three main reasons why residents should always lock their car doors are:

1) Loss of valuables is the most obvious reason to lock your door.  Thieves look for crimes of opportunity and prime targets are unlocked vehicles with GPS devices and electronics, cell phones, jewelry, weapons, money and other valuables in plain sight. 

2) Possible entry to your home.  If you leave your doors unlocked with a set of house keys or garage door opener in the glove compartment, it could be easy for the thieves to possibly enter your home, and you could become further victimized. 

3) Do it for the neighborhood.  While the Suffolk Police Department is happy to know that people feel secure in their neighborhoods, they stress that public safety is a shared responsibility.  If we tend to keep our cars or homes unlocked, word gets around and this is an open invitation for possible future crime.  

Suffolk has placed first in the Nation four times for National Night Out (2008, 2009, 2014, and 2016) and has finished in the top five in the Nation for twelve straight years, including a second place finish in 2015 and 2017 for our population category.

National Night Out is a national event which strengthens relationships between the public and public safety agencies. The main goal of National Night Out is to bring people together in an effort to eliminate crime.



SUFFOLK NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - A TIME FOR COMMUNITY

(July 31, 2018) It is that special time of year where Suffolk citizens and public safety personnel take time to celebrate National Night Out. Tuesday, August 7th is the day nationally recognized for National Night Out and the evening where everyone joins together to say “NO” to crime and to strengthen their bonds within their communities.

Over 150 communities, homeowner’s associations, civic organizations, neighborhoods, churches and business sponsors are partnering to make this year’s event extra special with block parties, cook-outs, and mini-festivals covering the landscape of Suffolk.

Suffolk’s National Night Out opens with a Kick-Off event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at Suffolk City Hall, 442 West Washington Street. Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson, Police Chief Thomas Bennett, and Fire Chief Ed Taylor will be among the dignitaries to help start the evening’s fun.

Following the ceremony, tour groups in nine motorcade units will venture out across the City of Suffolk to visit the registered parties and enjoy the NNO fun happening in our City.

To find a community party near you, visit the Suffolk National Night Out website at www.suffolknno.com. Suffolk finished second in the nation in 2017 in our population category and we are out to add to our four first place finishes in national judging with a strong showing this year.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), and co-sponsored locally by the Suffolk Police Department, will involve  millions of people in tens of thousands communities across the United States, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. National Night Out is designed to:

• heighten crime, drug and violence prevention awareness;

• generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts;

• strengthen neighborhood unity and spirit, as well as enhance police - community partnerships;

• send a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Lock your doors, turn on your porch lights, and join your friends and neighbors on Tuesday, August 7th to show that Suffolk truly is united and dedicated to building a safer, more caring City!


SUFFOLK NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DUCK PLUCK

(July 19, 2018)   It’s time to “Pluck a Duck” at the Suffolk National Night Out Duck Pluck! The event replaces the Annual National Night Out Duck Race and will be held in conjunction with Suffolk Parks & Recreation’s second half of the T.G.I.F. Summer Concert series.  The event will take place on Friday, July 20th at Bennett’s Creek Park, located at 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road.  It will be a Friday night of free fun for the entire family from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. as attendees can shake their tail feathers to the sounds of The Deloreans, one of Virginia’s favorite 80’s show bands that play all the mega-hits from the new wave, pop and rock scene of that decade.

Visit the onsite National Night Out tent for your free Duck Pluck ticket and during the band’s first break we will “pluck” a numbered rubber duck from the pool. If the number on your ticket matches the number on the duck, you will win great National Night Out and summer-themed prizes. Concert-goers can also learn more about Suffolk’s National Award Winning National Night Out festivities or find out where the closest party to them will be on Tuesday, August 7th.  There will also be giveaways for all youth that visit the National Night Out tent.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

For more information about National Night Out in Suffolk, call Diana Klink at 757.514.4104, or visit www.suffolknno.com


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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY KICK-OFF MEETING

(June 15, 2018) If your civic league, homeowner’s association, neighborhood watch group, business or church hasn’t already started plans to get involved with National Night Out this year, the time to act is NOW!   

A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 442 West Washington Street.  Groups will be able to officially sign-up to be included in this year’s festivities to give crime in Suffolk a “going away party”, door prizes will be awarded, and attendees will hear firsthand from public safety officials the importance of police-community partnerships. 

The National Association of Town Watch’s (NATW) 35th Annual "National Night Out" (NNO) program enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement under positive circumstances while bringing back a true sense of community. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.  This year’s celebration will take place on Tuesday, August 7th.  

Thanks to the hard work of the entire community, Suffolk’s 2017 National Night Out activities received 2nd Place in the Nation in our Population Category following judging by the National Association of Town Watch, making this the 12th straight year that Suffolk has finished in the Top 5 nationally, and ranking us the highest placing City or County in Virginia in their judging categories.  Suffolk was 1st Place in the Nation in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016 – with the assistance of our citizens Suffolk can make this year’s National Night Out celebration the biggest and best ever! 


Suffolk National Night Out Honored On A National Level

(December 7, 2017) Suffolk’s annual National Night Out celebration is a great measure for what a community event should be. While residents, businesses, public safety personnel, and City staff know how special Suffolk’s event is, it is a mark of community pride when we are recognized nationally. The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) awarded Suffolk a second place national honor among communities with a population of 50,000 to 100,000 residents.

The 2017 Suffolk National Night Out celebration featured communities, neighbors, civic groups, and businesses joining together to say no to crime. Suffolk has ranked first in the nation in our category in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016. This is the 12th straight year the City of Suffolk has placed in the top 5 in the nation for National Night Out. Suffolk is also the highest ranking City/County in the State of Virginia.

In the individual neighborhood/community category, National Night Out Obici was one of just eight in the nation to receive an award and recognition for their event.

On the first Tuesday night of every August, neighborhoods all across Suffolk's 430 square miles join forces with thousands of communities for the Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime, drug, and gang awareness event. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Suffolk Police Department, millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October).

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

National Night Out 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018. For more information on Suffolk’s National Night Out events, visit www.suffolknno.com or www.facebook.com/SuffolkVaNNO