Division of Administration and Finance University Services Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Department of Public Safety 832-842-0583 firstname.lastname@example.org National Night Out Teams Up with Walk in the Dark National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Within our eight residential communities, we house approximately 6,400 students. For them, this is their home-away-from-home; so we invite them to join UHDPS and celebrate National Night Out (NNO) with their 6,000 plus neighbors. Of course this event is not limited to just residents, we invite all members of the UH community to join us. This year we have also scheduled the annual Walk In The Dark (WITD) program to commence immediately following the NNO festivities. By combining both these programs on the same night we expect a much larger crowd. The WITD focuses on crime prevention through environmental design as groups of students stroll through campus with UHDPS representatives at night to identify unsafe conditions. Simply adding darkness, to an environment in which a person normally feels safe in, has an amazing effect on a person’s perception. These events are not simply to make the UH community aware that crime, unfortunately, is everywhere; but they are meant more so to empower the community that there are simple steps they can take as individuals to effectively diminish the opportunity for crime to occur. Never leaving your valuables unattended; if it was made with a lock, use it; don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, take them with you or lock them in your trunk; day or night, don’t walk alone if you don’t have to; don’t secure your bicycle with a five-dollar cable lock, use a name brand solid core U-lock; these are just a few of the simple things. Fighting crime cannot be effectively done without community action and interaction. We appreciate the support we have garnered from the Student Government Association, Staff Council, Residential Life and Housing, Coca-Cola and the numerous departments, divisions, and offices that are hosting a table! We hope everybody will join us Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Lynn Eusan Park from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm for NNO where we will have giveaways, handouts, exhibits and interactive activities presented by Police and Fire officials. Be sure to bring your bicycle and have it registered with UHDPS. We will have free beverages, munchies & music. After nightfall, we will commence the WITD and invite everyone to participate. Those students completing the WITD can enter a drawing for some fabulous prizes. To register your team for the Walk in the Dark, please visit UH-DPS website at http://www.uh.edu/police About the University of Houston The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.