Saginaw neighborhood groups looking for volunteer arson spotters

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SAGINAW (WJRT) (9/25/2017) - As Halloween draws closer, Saginaw neighborhood groups are recruiting volunteers to watch for arson on Oct. 30 and 31.

The volunteers will work with Saginaw police officers, firefighters and SCENIC to help prevent arson fires. Police, firefighters and SCENIC will patrol neighborhoods from dusk until dawn both nights watching for suspicious activity, according to a city press release.

The patrols will focus on monitoring abandoned buildings and other areas throughout the city. Volunteers will be provided with Arson Watch T-shirts, flashing lights and thorough training on how to patrol throughout their watch.

Refreshments will also be provided for volunteers at various locations.

“This is the 10th year we have implemented this event in Saginaw and it is amazing to see the positive impact this has made in the city," said Arson Watch co-Chairwoman Nancy Burdick. "We could not have achieved these results without the support from our dedicated volunteers.”

Citizens interested in volunteering for Arson Watch should contact their area neighborhood association president to register for the event.

For more information about 2017 Arson Watch, call Chief Inspector John
Stemple at 989-759-1304, Burdick at 989-793-7520 or co-Chairwoman Ana Hidalgo at 989-798-0350.

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