Florida's rates for crimes such as burglary and larceny, auto theft and rape have fallen over the past two decades, following national trends. But murders in Broward County rose from 59 in 2011 to 80 in 2012.
To help stem such violence, on Tuesday municipalities and public safety agencies will stage National Night Out, an annual event to promote crime prevention and strengthen neighborhood spirit.
"I think it brings police and the community closer together, and with that comes success in the fight against crime," said former Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Tim Smith, an organizer of that city's 13th Street Alliance event.
Cooper City & Southwest Ranches 10580 Stirling Road, 7-9 p.m., McGruff the Crime Dog; free gun locks; Broward Sheriff's Office displays, fire station tour. Info: 954-432-9000.
Dania Beach Patrick J. Meli Park, 2901 SW 52nd Ave., 7 p.m. BSO's bomb squad; SWAT; fire rescue; K-9. Info: 954-926-2400.
Davie 6-10 p.m. in the following communities: Country Creek; Arista Park; Townhomes at Orange Drive; Nova Hills Villas; Courtyards at Davie; Orange Blossom Watch; Villas of Arista Park; Shenandoah; Park City East Estates; Arrowhead; Saddlebrook; Rolling Hills and Scarborough; Info: 954-693-8212.
Deerfield Beach Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, 6 p.m. Food, live entertainment, bounce house; rock climbing wall; paint a BSO fire truck. Info: 954-480-4300.
Fort Lauderdale 13th Street Alliance Northeast 13th Street between Northeast Fifth Terrace and Dixie Highway, 5:30-8 p.m. Mounted patrol; K-9; choirs; games; food. Raffle benefits the Bryant Peney Memorial Scholarship Fund, named for an officer killed on the job in 1996. Parking on Northeast Fifth Terrace; Moroney's store, Homes Inc., Ironworker's Union Hall and Middle River Terrace Park. Info: 954-439-5756 / 954-822-4727
Fort Lauderdale District III Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., 5:30-7 p.m. McGruff the Crime Dog; back-to-school giveaways; food trucks; games, prizes; Fort Lauderdale Police Mounted patrol; motor unit, bicycle registration. Info: 954-828-4748
Hallandale Beach Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway. 6-9 p.m., Music; entertainment; SWAT demonstration; helicopter landing; firefighters; crash demonstration; U.S. military. Free drinks, refreshments, giveaways. Info: 954-457-1400.
Hollywood Block parties, call organizers. Hollywood Lakes, Jefferson Park, 1501 Jefferson St., 786-218-8198; Highland Gardens/United Neighbors, NcNicol Community Center, 1411 S. 28th Ave., 954-923-9109 / 954-923-5930; 6461 Harding St.,954-849-1700; Playland Estates Civic Association, 3501 N. 56th Ave., 954-662-1510; Beverly Park Civic Association, Kay Gaither Community Center, 6291 Funston St., 954-961-4039 / 954-683-4898; Driftwood Civic Association, N. 73rd Terrace at Cody Street, 6 p.m .to 8:30, bouncehouse, DJ; police and fire demos; free barbecue. Info: email@example.com.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, 6-8 p.m., refreshments. 954-640-4240.
Lauderdale Lakes/Central Broward Willie Webb Sr. Park, 3601 NW 21st Street, 6-9 p.m., meet neighbors and BSO deputies. Info: 954-321-4800.
Lauderhill Lauderhill Mall, 1267 State Road 7, 5-8:30 p.m. Crime prevention unit; register for Citizen's Academy, Police and Fire Explorers; free health screenings. Info: 954-497-4700.
Margate Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road, 7-9 p.m. Free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, refreshments; giveaways and kids' carnival rides. Free parking near complex. Info: 954-972-1232 or http://www.margatefl.com.
Miramar McGruff the Crime Dog, K-9; Explorers, firefighters. For residents of these communities only: Tropical Crime Watch, Sunrise Elementary at 6 p.m., block party at Ashlar apartments; Miramar Park Walkers, Fairway Elementary 6 p.m. community walk to 6:30 p.m. block party at Ashlar apartments, 8440 Sherman Circle North; Haven Lake Estates walk and get-together, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Vizcaya, 14200 SW 55th St., 7-9 p.m.; Riviera Isles, 5055 SW 171st Ave., 6-9 p.m.; Sunset Lakes, 186 Sunrise Ave., 6-9 p.m. Info: Miramar Police, 954-602-4015.
North Lauderdale 701 SW 71st Ave., 6-9 p.m., bounce house; children's fingerprinting; free bike raffle; sports team mascots, BSO displays. Info: 954-722-5800.
Parkland Parkland Commons Shopping Center, 8095 University Drive, 6-9 p.m., BSO vehicles, refreshments, Info: 954-753-5050.
Pembroke Park/West Park 3201 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., 6-8 p.m., hot dogs, hamburgers, BSO Explorers; fire rescue; K-9 demonstration. Info: 954-985-1953.
Pompano Beach City Hall, 100 W. Atlantic Blvd., 6-9 p.m., A few thousand attendees expected. BSO district personnel; live music; vendors; refreshments. Info: 954-786-4201.
Sunrise 10440 W. Oakland Park Blvd., 6-9 p.m. Live music; free food; fire trucks; police demonstrations; child fingerprinting. Info: NationalNightOut@sunrisefl.gov
Tamarac 7515 N. Pine Island Road, 6-8 p.m., BSO demonstrations, refreshments, free raffle prizes. Info: 954-720-2225.
Weston 17300 Royal Palm Blvd., 6:30-10 p.m., BSO's motor unit; SWAT; K-9; Mounted unit. Info: 954-389-2010.
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