The Grandview Heights police and fire divisions will host an open house Aug. 2 as part of the observance of National Night Out.

The Grandview Heights police and fire divisions will host an open house Aug. 2 as part of the observance of National Night Out.

National Night Out is a program that encourages the public to take a stand against crime, said Grandview Police detective Carol Harper.

The observance and open house will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"National Night Out started in a high crime area and its spread throughout the United States," Harper said. "It's purpose is for people to come out, greet their neighbors and show that they are standing up against criminals."

Residents are being asked to turn on their porch lights between 7 and 10 p.m. to show they are taking a stand against crime, she said.

The open house will be held during the same time on the lawn at Wyman Woods, 1520 Goodale Blvd.

"It will be a chance to residents to meet their neighbors and have a meet-and-greet with the police and fire departments," which will also have information available, Harper said.

"We'll have games for kids where they can win prizes, demonstrations, police and fire equipment displays and McGruff the Crime Dog will be there," she said.

The police department relies on residents serving as their eyes and ears, Harper said.

"We can't be everywhere and the criminals are looking out for us in our squad cars and uniforms," she said. "They aren't looking for people who are watching out for their neighbors."

If residents see or hear something suspicious or out of the ordinary, they should contact the police department, Harper said.

"We have many instances when people report something to us and it turns out to be criminal activity," she said. "Maybe it's someone trying to open car doors or someone suspicious at the house of a neighbor who is on vacation."

It used to be easier for people to observe things before the days of air conditioning, Harper said.

"People spent more time out on the porch in those days," she said. "Now people are more insulated in their homes."

One of the goals of National Night Out is to remind people of the part they can play in fighting crime, Harper said.

This year is the first time Grandview has held an event in conjunction with National Night Out, she said.

"We hope to do this again next year and get more and more people involved." Harper said.