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Manteca plans gang seminar for businesses
National Night Out events help form a community alliance with Manteca Police. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin
Manteca is stepping up their effort to weaken the ability of gangs to operate freely by educating the business community on how to detect and deal with potential problems.

It is part of the city’s 23rd annual week-long community awareness effort to fight crime known as National Night Out.

The effort also involves:

•The free shredding of personal documents to help fight identity theft on Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Library Park.

•The National Night Kick Off Party that also will take place at Library Park on Tuesday, Aug. 3, starting at 4 p.m. in conjunction with the weekly farmers market. The event will include numerous kids’ games.

•National Night Out block parties throughout Manteca to acquaint citizens with each other so they can help provide extra eyes in neighborhoods. Alert neighbors in the past year have helped police nab a number of burglars and other criminals as well as avoid break-ins from happening.

•The MRPS John Cambra Car Show on Sunday, Aug. 1, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. again in an effort to bring the community together.

•The 16th annual Manteca Police Explorers car show and cruise on Sunday, Aug, 8.

•A business seminar on gang awareness planned for Thursday, Aug. 5, with two sessions at 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The exact location will be announced shortly.

The aim of the seminar is to empower the business community with information so they can detect potential gang problems and alert police. It also will include ways on how they can protect their property and reduce the potential of them - or their customers - from becoming victims of gang crime.

Manteca Police spokesman Rex Osborn said businesses that would particularly benefit would be convenience stores, bars, and even venues like Big League Dreams where people gather or else are open after dark.

For information on the free seminar or to register a block party, contact Osborn at 456-8144. Block parties can also be registered with Brandy in the Parks & Recreation Department by calling 456-8600.

Blocky parties helps
neighbors become
like Gladys Kravitz
Block parties - as well as Neighborhood Watch groups - helps develop what police would call a perfect neighbor such as Gladys Kravitz from the old TV series “Bewitched.”

Kravitz was a stay-at-home wife who was always a busy body checking up on the comings and goings at the neighbors’ house. Police say people simply noticing things amiss in their neighborhood - and then alerting police or neighbors - has gone a long way in recent years to battle crime.

Police are hoping the National Night Out events  — the community celebration at Library Park, registered block parties and dozens of other impromptu front yard gatherings — will help encourage more people to adopt a bit of Gladys Kravitz’ attitude about watching out for neighbors.

A few years back, they had a burglary in Lathrop where the family was on vacation and someone actually backed up a moving truck to the house and cleared it all out. No one noticed anything amiss because they didn’t know the people even though they had been there for awhile and just assumed they were moving.

The idea behind National Night Out events is for neighbors to get to know each other in a bid to get them to be a “Glaldys Kravitz” of sorts to watch out for each other and when they see something amiss to call police.