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Angels Night patrols begin Wednesday in Flint, Saginaw

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(10/30/13) - Volunteers, police and firefighters in Flint and Saginaw will hit the streets Wednesday, watching for anyone looking to cause trouble on Angels Night.

Angels Night patrols are all part of an effort to keep criminals from lighting up abandoned homes, and to make sure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

In Saginaw, people are being asked to turn on their porch lights.

The light up the city campaign runs from 10 p.m. Wednesday - 2 a.m. Thursday.

Patrols have been given orange lights to use so people know who's part of the program. They'll be on top of cars. Volunteers will be driving, not going around on foot.

In Flint, this is part of an on-going three day effort to keep the community safe for Halloween.

Volunteers are already working out of five check-in centers throughout the city.

Flint Police officers will begin their arson patrols shortly after 5 p.m. A curfew will be in effect Wednesday for anyone 16 or younger.

There are different times for different age groups. 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.

Mayor Walling and Chief James Tolbert are asking residents to be aware of what may be transpiring in their neighborhood, and to report any fires or suspicious behavior.

A $5,000 reward will be given to anyone who provides information that leads to an arson arrest.

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

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

To report arsons Wednesday night, call 800-44-ARSON.

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