It seems that criminal and drug activity is on the rise and here’s something that might just curb it a little, even if it’s only one night. Tuesday August 2 marks the “28th Annual National Night Out,” formerly called “Take Back the Night.” It’s a night when people all over the country do things like have block parties, neighborhood cookouts, candle light vigils and flashlight walks, to try to make their neighborhood a little bit safer. This is a way to bring a lot of law-abiding citizens to take show that they're trying to make a safer difference in their communities.

Another suggestion is a front porch light vigil, where you leave your front porch light on for most of the evening. There are some activities going on right in Albany. Guilderland is celebrating at Tawasentha Park.

These activities are for everyone. Does your community have something planned for “National Night Out?”