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Flint volunteers partnering with police to patrol Angel's Night, Halloween

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(10/29/13) - It's a fear for some neighborhoods across Mid-Michigan.

Mischief-makers setting homes on fire the night of and the night before Halloween.

But volunteers in Flint and Saginaw and teaming up with local law enforcement to keep an eye out for trouble.

The grass roots efforts are already underway in Flint in a three-night neighborhood patrol.

Tuesday through Halloween night, the service center next to Kettering University will serve as home base for these volunteers.

It's one of five check-in centers throughout the city. Volunteers will be meeting there and anyone can come turn in tips.

"If I could help put one officer back on the streets that's what I need to be doing," said volunteer Tracy Austin.

If you stop at the Kettering Service Station in the next few nights, chances are you'll see Austin.

"I decided if I could sit down and answer the phone someplace or man one of these mini-stations, it would help free up an officer to get on the streets of the city," she said.

The police and fire chiefs met with Kettering and the mayor to roll out their community patrol program.

Austin is one of several volunteers who will be patrolling the streets as the eyes and ears for police.

"You want to watch for people especially around abandoned properties, those are often critical points for those couple of days," said Mayor Dayne Walling.

Now dubbed Angel's Night, the night before Halloween was once a hay-day for hooligans to light abandoned homes on fire.

But community programs like this have cut down on the crime. Another way they're trying to curb any underage crime is a curfew for kids 16 and under.

There are different hours for different age groups, but all kids should be off the streets by 11 p.m.

"Any child that's caught in violation of the curfew is brought to police headquarters and parents will be called," said Police Chief James Tolbert. "If parents are found to be contributing, it's punishable up to $500 and 90 days in jail."

There will also be a $5,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to an arson arrest. You can call 1-800-44-ARSON.

Here is a complete list of Flint curfew times for Angel's Night and Halloween night from police:

Children 12 years and younger should be with a parent/guardian or at home between the hours of 9 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Children 14 years and younger should be with a parent/guardian or at home between the hours of 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Children 16 years and younger should be with a parent/guardian or at home between the hours of 11 a.m. - 6 a.m.

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