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Flint residents encouraged to 'Light up the Night'

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/21/14) - It helps unite communities and reduces crime.

Thursday, people in Flint are encouraged to 'Light up the Night.'

Police, Consumers Energy and Walmart are just some of the groups working together to make the event a success.

Police say crime tends to increase during the warmer months.

Just like Saginaw, residents in Flint are being asked to turn on their porch lights as a way to help keep their neighborhood safe.

Several groups will be canvassing neighborhoods Wednesday and Thursday to encourage people to turn their porch lights on.

Wednesday, they went door to door passing out free Consumer's light bulbs in the Pemberton Drive area in Flint. That's an area that has had problems with crime, and organizers say their presence makes a difference because events like this allows them to build stronger relationships between police and residents.

Groups involved in Light up the City will work with other community organizations in order to make neighborhoods safer.

Volunteers with the Flint Public Art Project are also participating in this effort. They're painting equipment and benches and installing new swings on swing sets in areas that need them.

The group is spending some of the day painting boarded up areas using a bright yellow theme.

The public is invited to join in on Thursday's walk at the River Park Community Center on Pemberton Drive.
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