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Saginaw's Light Up the City campaign kicks off this week

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(04/01/14) - Light up the City returns to Saginaw this week. It's a community effort designed to make neighborhoods safer.

Light Up The City starts with a very simple request.

You're being asked to turn on porch lights. It's one way to help reduce crime in the area.

"Can't really do nothing without yellow tape being around or gunshots being fired," said Jessica Guy, who lives in Saginaw with her 10-month-old daughter. "It's a crazy world that we live in and it feels good to know that there's still people out there that care."

Tuesday, Saginaw and Michigan State Police, as well as Consumers Energy and the United Way, went door to door to promote this project. They're leaving information with residents about the upcoming event.

Light up the City, which debuted in Saginaw last summer, will be held weekly for the next three months.

One major goal is to improve relationships between police and city residents. That goes a long way toward another big goal - keeping Saginaw streets safe.

"Especially just by me being a single mom, I always turn my porch lights on," Guy said. "People really don't go to somebody house knowing that the porch light is on. I think they'd rather break in knowing that the porch light is off 'cause that means there's nobody there, but when a porch light is on, that means somebody is home."

Consumers Energy provided free bulbs, Tuesday, for the porch light effort.Weekly neighborhood walks start Wednesday night after a rally at the Dow Event Center.

This is one of the biggest crime prevention programs in the area.

"If you aren't comfortable walking with us, show your support just by turning on your porch light, whether in your neighborhood or not, it's a proven deterrent of crime and any light that we can shed in a neighborhood can definitely shed a light on crime," said Officer Jonathon Beyerlein, of the Saginaw Police Department.

"I learned a long time ago that when I keep my porch lights on, when I cut my bushes back, when I put up motion detectors, my yard is a lot safer, and so we want to make sure that your kids feel safe and you feel safe in your own neighborhood," said Ken Horn, former state representative.

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