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Neighbors turn out for National Night Out

By: Kim Palaferri Loomis News Correspondent Kim Palaferri, Loomis News Correspondent
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Loomis neighbors came together last week to celebrate National Night Out with block parties, cookouts and ice cream socials. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies and Loomis Fire Protection District emergency crews drove into many neighborhoods on Aug. 2 with lights flashing and sirens howling, but it was all safe and just for fun. Sean Daly, 8, waited for the fire trucks to pull up on his street so he could meet the firemen. “I love the fire trucks” Sean said. Later, Sean got to feel what it’s like to be a fireman when he climbed aboard the big red truck and sat inside. National Night Out was created to bring communities, law enforcement agencies, city officials, and fire departments closer together. According to the National Night Out website, as many as 15,000 communities from all 50 states participated in the program, including several Loomis neighborhoods. The program is designed to bring awareness for crime and drug prevention, educate citizens on anticrime programs and to create neighborhood support and a better sense of community. Loomis resident Mike Carroll has lived on the same street since 1980 and took some time to thank Sheriff’s for making his neighborhood safe. Carroll said he loves his neighbors and his neighborhood and looks forward to the annual block party. “There’s been not too much change in Loomis or on my street. But we keep fearing change — like Rocklin (changed). I really disapprove of Rocklin’s total sprawl and progression, it attracts crime. I like to stay connected with my neighbors so we can support each other,” Carroll said. Carroll’s neighborhood held a National Night Out potluck that included homemade enchiladas, fresh salsa, green salad and giant chocolate chip cookies for all, including the firemen, policemen. Firemen and sheriff’s officials visited three Loomis neighborhoods where 30 to 40 people attended each block party. The conversations between neighbors were all about how to improve the safety of their neighborhoods. Many of the residents took time to thank the authorities for the visits. Robin Gray, who hosted a desert potluck block party, said, “I wanted a neighborhood like I grew up in — neighbors taking care of each other.” Gray also said, “It’s nice to have kids and people recognize police are good people, too.” According to the National Night Out website, the evening has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY TIPS Most burglars will not steal marked property. Use a door viewer before opening. Demand ID from strangers, even repair or sales persons. Always lock doors when leaving; don't hide key outdoors. Have keys in hand when returning home. Use interior and exterior lighting at all times. Hide or destroy boxes from expensive purchases. Don’t answer personal questions about the home such as type of alarm, daytime occupancy, etc. Don’t let people in home to use bathroom, phone, etc. Use a locked mailbox; drop outgoing mail at post office. Form a neighborhood watch group. Source: crimepreventiontips.org