Edinburg Police Crime Stoppers invite the community to this year’s “America’s Night Out Against Crime” celebrating residents efforts to make Edinburg a safer city.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m at Edinburg Municipal Park, Edinburg police invite residents to join with neighborhoods throughout the United States, and thousands of communities nationwide for the “26th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

There will live music, food booths, vendors, carnival rides, and door prizes at the event. Parking and entry into the park will be free to the public. Edinburg also presents the largest car, truck, and motorcycle shows in the Valley.

“It’s done to recognize the effort of the police in their fight against crime, which really begins with neighborhood watches, and business watches, our TIPS program for Crimestoppers and these are some of the things we are celebrating that we are able to do against crime,” said police officer Balde Gomez, spokesperson for the event.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by Edinburg Police Crime Stoppers, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for; and participate in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 4, residents in neighborhoods throughout Edinburg and across the nation, are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

“People are more informed I think in a sense that they now know where to call. People are starting to recognize that we are here to work together, we’re just like you, we live in the same community, my kids go to school with your kids,” officer Gomez said.

“They’re coming to our police station, our meetings, volunteering more often…we have never had that happen, them asking ‘How can I help’ or ‘What Can I do’ in their neighborhoods. I think that really shows that our efforts are paying off.”