Crestwood’s annual Night Out set Tuesday

Crestwood’s Night Out will be Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The Crestwood Neighborhood Watch will issue the Lights-on-Against-Crime challenge to residents to participate and show their support for crime prevention in Crestwood.

The annual Night Out is sponsored by the Crestwood Neighborhood Watch Committee and designed to heighten crime awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and united in crime prevention, according to a news release.

The Crestwood Neighborhood Watch’s Lights-on-Against-Crime challenge began in 1999. A winner is chosen by the city’s Police Board and Neighborhood Watch ward chairs. Winners are chosen by neighborhood participation and crime-prevention themes that promote awareness in the community.

Crestwood Night Out parties give residents an opportunity to get to know one another better, which aids in neighborhood awareness, the release stated.

The Police Department will be out in force Tuesday, visiting parties, talking with residents and providing crime-prevention information.

Members of the Police Department’s Bicycle Unit will offer safe-riding instruction to children and check for proper bicycle helmet fit.

McGruff the Crime Dog also will make the rounds to visit with children.

For additional information, call Connie Melching at (314) 729-4842.