MIAMI (CBS4) — Thousands across South Florida are expected to take to the streets Tuesday night for the 30th Annual National Night Out.

The program is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2012.

Homeowners are encouraged to leave on their front lights as a sign of support.

In Miami-Dade, the City of Miami has organized a large event called “Miami’s Stand Against Crime.” It takes place at Bayfront Park, located at 301 N. Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be free food, entertainment, information and plenty of fun.

Miami Gardens will host a National Night Out event at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex at 3000 NW 199th Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a number of events:

Cooper City
From 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. join Cooper City BSO personnel at 10580 Stirling Rd. Evening events will include McGruff the Crime Dog, free gun locks, various law enforcement displays and information about crime prevention programs. Residents will have the opportunity to tour fire rescue. Please contact BSO’s Cooper City Crime Prevention Unit at (954) 432-9000 for further details.

Dania Beach
Join Broward Sheriff’s Office district personnel from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for America’s night out against crime. All the activities take place at Patrick J. Meli Park at 2901 S.W. 52 St.

Deerfield Beach
From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. residents will enjoy rock climbing, a bounce house, music, refreshments and BSO Fire Rescue’s paint a fire truck for children. All activities will take place at Quiet Waters Park at 401 S. Powerline Rd.

From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at El Prado Park at 4500 El Mar Dr. Refreshments will be available.

Lauderdale Lakes
Starting at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. residents are invited to join BSO’s Central Broward district personnel at Vincent Torres Park at 4331 NW 36th Street in Lauderdale Lakes.

North Lauderdale
Join North Lauderdale BSO district personnel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Municipal Complex at 701 S.W. 71 Ave. Law enforcement equipment will be on display as well as a bounce house for the children, free bike raffle and sports team mascots.

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All activities will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Parkland Commons/Publix Shopping Center located at 8095 University Dr.

Pembroke Park/West Park
Starting at 6:00 p.m. enjoy an evening of fun, games, prizes, free food and beverages at the Pembroke Park/West Park district office at 3201 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. There will be K9 demonstrations along with sheriff and fire rescue vehicles on display.

Pompano Beach
A few thousand people are expected to attend the National Night Out event in Pompano Beach from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Pompano Beach City Hall at 100 W. Atlantic Blvd. There will be live music, vendors and refreshments.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. Tamarac BSO district personnel and residents will take a stand against crime. Various demonstrations are planned along with refreshments and free raffle prizes. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 7515 N Pine Island Road.

Weston residents are invited to a National Night Out event at the Police Services Building at 17300 Royal Palm Blvd from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come and meet one another and gather important crime prevention information to help keep you and your family safe.

Other Night Out Against Crime Events Include

From 6 to 10 PM on August 6th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Davie and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Davie will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies.

The following Davie neighborhoods will be having a National Night Out event:
Country Creek, Arista Park, Townhomes at Orange Drive, Nova Hills Villas, Courtyards at Davie, Orange Blossom Crime Watch and Villas at Arista Park. Shenandoah, Park City East Estates, Arrowhead, Saddlebrook, Rolling Hills and Scarborough.

Fort Lauderdale:
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at NE 13th Street and NE 5th Terrace. Free. Call 954-822-4727.

Hollywood – Driftwood Civic Association
The Driftwood Civic Association’s Night Out Against Crime Block Party will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the cross section of N 73rd Terrace and Cody Street. There will be free food, music, a bounce house and games for the Kids.

The Margate Police Department will host its 13th annual Night Out at the Margate Sports Complex on Banks Road between Copans Road and Coconut Creek Parkway from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event includes free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, refreshments and carnival rides for the kids. Children can have a free photo taken on a Margate Police motorcycle (complements’ of Best Buy of Margate) and meet The Miami Marlins’ “Billy the Marlin”. There will also be numerous law enforcement displays and demonstrations.

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From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Sunrise Safety Building, 10440 W. Oakland Park Blvd. This free, family-friendly event will feature refreshments, live music, Police demonstrations, equipment displays, child fingerprinting and plenty of fun. Call 954-746-3653 for more information.