Thousands of communities across the country will rally together for the 30th annual National Night Out this evening .
The event intends to show that neighborhoods are united against crime. Residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on their exterior lights and socialize outdoors.
More than 100 block parties, potlucks, ice cream socials, parades and other activities will happen in the Sacramento area from 6 to 10 p.m.
A particularly large event is slated for Freedom Park in North Highlands, with free food, live music and guest speakers about local gang activity, according to Sgt. Jason Ramos. Deputies and a crime prevention specialist will be on hand as well.
According to police, about 37 million people from at least 150,000 communities participated last year nationwide.
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