Crime not welcome in tight-night Beaverdam

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

The smell of warm hot dogs and a small wood fire lingered in the air. Boxes of donuts lined tables, ready for children and adults to scarf them down.

McGruff the Crime Dog gives a high-five during National Night Out at the Beaverdam Ruritan Club Park Tuesday night. The initiative is aimed at uniting communities against crime and was held throughout Hanover.

McGruff the Crime Dog gives a high-five during National Night Out at the Beaverdam Ruritan Club Park Tuesday night. The initiative is aimed at uniting communities against crime and was held throughout Hanover.

There wasn’t a frown in sight at Beaverdam’s seventh National Night Out event, held at the Beaverdam Ruritan Club Park. The club joined numerous communities around Hanover County, the state and the nation Tuesday to create and strengthen partnerships with local law enforcement and neighbors to prevent crime.

Beaverdam is unique because it’s rural, but community events like Tuesday night’s help unite neighbors in case crime does arise, like it did in February when there were numerous residential break-ins in Western Hanover. In that case, many citizens got involved and contacted the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to notify them and made sure to inform their neighbors, too.

Because they’re not in a physical neighborhood always, some Beaverdam residents keep in touch with each other about crime in a neighborhood watch newsletter as well as numerous Facebook groups.

“We all try to look out for each other,” said Rose Little, Ruritan Club president. “In the country, it’s a little bit different because you’re spaced apart so this is a great way to meet your neighbor and support [law enforcement officers.]”

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