Published: Oct 07, 2010 6:04 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 07, 2010 3:04 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit are joining forces with local citizens and businesses to "Celebrate Safe Communities."  

October is recognized as National Crime Prevention Month and "Celebrate Safe Communities" events are taking place across the United States in support. 

Locally, members of the Sheriff's Office will be at the following locations:

-Thursday, October 7th - Pine Manor, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center. 

-Friday, October 8th - Charleston Park, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Those who attend will have an excellent opportunity to learn about Neighborhood Watch, residential and business security, child safety and more.  

Sheriff K-9 units will be on hand as well as the ultimate canine crime-fighter, McGruff the Crime Dog. McGruff is celebrating his 30th birthday this year.

A vigil will follow the event at Pine Manor in honor of those who have died as a result of a crime.

"Participation in events such as these send a clear message we care about working together to prevent crime and it's potential impact to the  quality of life we enjoy," said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott.