The Abington Township Joint Town Watch Council, the Abington Police Department and the Abington Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams will host the township’s 13th annual Pre-Night Out tonight.
The event, held at the parking lot in the corner of Old York and London roads, is meant to call attention to the importance of community members working with police to prevent and stop crime, according to David Rondinelli, Abington Police Community Service Supervisor, and chair of the event since its inception.
It’s also dubbed as the community’s biggest block party.
As its name states, the Pre-Night Out takes place one night before the National Night Out. According to its website, the National Night Out is designed to “heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs.”
Years ago, more people were interested in participating in neighborhood watches and would patrol areas of town in their cars, Rondinelli said in an interview last year. But now people are too busy and don’t have time. Instead, the police and the Abington Joint Watch Council hope that people will commit to a smaller area.
“We’re forming block watches to look out for their own block and get the community as active as possible,” Rondinelli said. “This is a chance to communicate and connect.
“We like to get people interested in town watch. This night is mobbed,” he continued. “It’s like the boardwalk. We usually have good weather, and there’s so much to do.”
This year the event will feature demonstrations from Abington Police Officer Dan Fisicaro and his K-9 partner Matthews; displays from Abington Police SWAT, the Montgomery County Bomb Squad and Forensic Unit; and entertainment from Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre, and the Timoney Irish Dancers.
And many local organizations, including the Abington Environmental Advisory Council, the Abington Community Taskforce, Briar Bush Nature Center, Montgomery County SPCA and the Women’s Center of Montgomery County, will be on hand.
The Pre-Night Out has a rain date of Aug. 7.