Published: Aug 03, 2011 2:48 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 03, 2011 1:48 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- The Cape Coral community is joining thousands of others across the country, raising awareness about neighborhood crime prevention.

National Night Out began nationally in 1984. Since then, thousands across the country have joined in. Last year more than 37 million people across the nation participated.

The event in the Cape is made possible by the Cape Coral Police Department, and the Cape Coral Neighborhood Watch program.

Police say this offersd neighbors a chance to get to know each other, and sends a message to criminals that the neighborhood is organized and fighting back against crime.