Tonight is the 34 Annual National Night Out.

From 6 to 8 p.m. people in neighborhoods across the nation are encouraged to go outside, come together and get to know one another to build a stronger sense of community.

Many local neighborhoods will be hosting special events such as block parties, cookouts, and visits from police.

“The best crime prevention is knowing what’s normal in your neighborhood and knowing who your neighbors are and being able to connect and agree that you’ll look out for each other,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Carrboro will be holding a town-wide event at Carrboro Town Commons beginning at 6 p.m.

“If you would like us to come make an appearance or a visit at your neighborhood celebration, send us a message and we’ll be there, no strings attached,” said Blue.

Anyone interested can contact Officer Robin Clark at (919) 932-2929 or

For more information and pictures from past events, visit the website.