National Night Out events scheduled for tonight

Bee Cave, Lakeway and West Lake Hills are celebrating National Night Out Oct. 4.

Bee Cave, Lakeway and West Lake Hills are celebrating National Night Out Oct. 4.

Tonight, neighborhoods across Texas will be celebrating first responders with National Night Out.

“National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized against crime,” Lakeway Communications Coordinator Devin Monk said.

Lakeway

In Lakeway, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend Tuesday evening outdoors with neighbors and police, Monk said. Lakeway Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association members and active officers will visit registered block parties and cookouts from 4-8 p.m. to provide informational handouts, giveaways and localized tips for preventing crime, he said.

West Lake Hills

Residents will have the opportunity to meet West Lake Hills first responders at the city’s National Night Out event at 6-8 p.m. at the Village at Westlake shopping center, 701 Capital of Texas Highway.

Pam Williams, West Lake Hills Police Department secretary, said a stealth car will be on display, as well as fire department ladder truck. There will also be presentations by Texas Search and Rescue, Austin EMS, Austin Lake Patrol, and the Westlake Fire Department, she said.

Bee Cave

Bee Cave residents are encouraged to hold outdoor events like block parties to met their neighbors. Bee Cave Police Department officers will visit all events that were registered with the city to answer safety and crime questions.

Rollingwood

While the majority of Texas communities observe National Night Out in October each year, Rollingwood police and residents celebrated on Aug. 2, during the event's national observance.