Night To Unite event taking place for a chance to meet neighbors and law enforcementFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thousands of people are expected to make their way to block parties and parks in the F-M area for a Night To Unite.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thousands of people are expected to make their way to block parties and parks in the F-M area for a Night To Unite. The event is celebrated nationwide, and gives neighbors a chance to meet neighbors and law enforcement and to keep our community safer.
Candy Morrow has lived in the Sommerset Neighborhood in West Fargo for about a year. She says one of her top priorities when she moved in was to meet the neighbors.
Candy Morrow - West Fargo: "It was just nice to have the neighbor 'I've got your back' kind of feeling."
Morrow says when she knows her neighbors she feels safer.
Candy Morrow: "People know when you are coming and going, and they know what's normal for you guys and when something doesn't look right. You know, maybe they can be more aware of that."
West Fargo Chief of Police Arland Rasmussen says more people should be like Morrow.
Chief Arland Rasmussen - West Fargo Police: "Our crimes are solved by our citizens. Law enforcement is a tool, but the tool we use is our citizens."
Rasmussen says neighborhood watch programs are very beneficial. There are 36 designated block clubs in Moorhead, and 6 Neighborhood Watch programs in West Fargo and in Fargo.
Arland Rasmussen: "The best way to protect your property is to know your neighbors. You watch for them and they watch for you."
Rasmussen hopes these number will grow after an event like Night to Unite to keep neighborhoods crime free.
Arland Rassmussen: "Usually what happens is when someone has a theft or something, then they'll be interested in starting a community watch."
Rasmussen says people should never hesitate to call.
Arland Rassmussen: "We can go and check that out and it can just give you a reassurance."
If you haven't made it out to the event you still have time. They run until 9 PM, weather permitting. West Fargo has cancelled its picnic at Elmwood Park because of the weather.
If you would like to start a neighborhood watch program contact your local law enforcement.