The city of Akron is joining more than 15,000 communities across the country for this year's 30th annual National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday.
Billy Soule, assistant to the mayor of Akron for community relations, says the event is focused on anti-crime efforts and drug prevention in the city and surrounding communities. This year's local theme is "See Something...Say Something."
"With shootings happening in many, many communities, there are witnesses and many of these witnesses don't come forward," said Soule. "And we're asking them 'if you see something, say something."
The city will feature 16 locations where activities will take place for National Night Out. Akron has the most coordinated NNO events than any other city in Ohio.
He says communication is key when fighting against crime within a city.
"When something goes on in a family, family members close ranks and they come together to solve whatever problems that are going on," said Soule. "We would like to see that in our community."
Events begin as early as 4:30 p.m. and run as late as 9:00 p.m. Most sites will feature music, games and free food, and all sites will provide information on safety, health and other issues of concern. Block Watch sign-up and information will be available at all locations.
Below is a list of the 16 locations in Akron.