Annual anti-crime event set for August

It’s a night of fun and games with a serious message: Criminals have no place in Blair County.

It’s the 2013 Night Out Against Crime in Duncansville, and organizers in Blair County are gearing up for the annual event at the Antique Depot on Aug. 6. Night Duncansville Police Chief James Ott said the event brings the communities of Blair County together with area law enforcement and emergency services to celebrate and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are well-organized and fighting back against drugs and crime.

“It’s to let the criminals know we don’t want it here,” Ott said.

The night kicks off with a parade at 6 p.m. through Duncansville, ending at the Antique Depot where various businesses, civic organizations, along with area law enforcement and emergency services groups, and food vendors will be set up to mingle with the public, Ott said. Donated items from groups and businesses will also be given away, Ott said.

Sponsored by the Duncansville Police, Blair County law enforcement agencies and the Duncansville Area Business & Professional Association, the Night Out Against Crime, in its 29th year in Blair County, brings in a cross section of the community, and every year organizers try to add something new, Ott noted.

“Over the years we’ve been blessed to have a lot of organizations participate,” Ott said. Fingerprinting for children, Ott said, is one of the services offered that is sponsored by Operation Our Town and Blair County Crime Solvers with the support of area police officers.

In recent years, a car show was added to the festivities with three open categories: cars, trucks and motorcycles.

The night will wrap up at 9 p.m. with fireworks.

Tom George, manager of Antique Depot, said the business has hosted the event for many years.

“I think it’s a great outing to explain the role of emergency people in our area,” George said. “We’re happy to have the facility that fulfills their needs and happy to be a part of it.”

Ott said one of the best benefits of the night is the opportunity for the public to interact and get to know area law enforcement in a positive setting.

“This is for the entire county,” said Ott. “Anybody and everybody in the entire county should come out and enjoy themselves.”

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.