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City Seeks Angels' Night Volunteers

City of Detroit workers will be signing up volunteers to help in the annual effort to watch over neighborhoods and keep the city safe during the upcoming Halloween period which includes, what is now known as, Angels' Night.

People who are already signed up to help in the effort were going door-to-door Saturday morning to recruit volunteers and raise awareness about Angels' Night.

The three day effort runs October 29-31.

Those interested in participating should call the volunteer hotline at (313) 224-4415 or click here for more information.

The Angels' Night campaign started in the mid-90's after hundreds of fires were set on Devils' Night.

This year's program has a number of elements:

--The Watch Your Block Patrol Program organizes teams of volunteers to patrol streets in Detroit. Block clubs, Citizens' Radio Patrols, community organizations and churches are encouraged to patrol a two- to three-block radius around their neighborhoods.

--The Adopt-A-House Program seeks volunteers to watch or adopt specific vacant buildings in city neighborhoods. "This Building Is Being Watched" signs are posted on adopted buildings.

--The Porch Light Program encourages volunteers to turn on their porch lights, or any outdoor lights, between dusk and dawn.

--The Eyes and Ears Program calls volunteers to regularly look out their windows to make sure no suspicious activity is taking place, and to call 9-1-1 if they do see something out of the ordinary.

--The Orange Ribbon Campaign encourages Detroiters to wear an orange ribbon tied in a bow to show their support for Angels' Night efforts.

City officials are also encouraging all residents to:

--Turn on outside lights at their businesses from dusk until morning on each day of the Halloween period.

--Report any suspicious activity they observe to the Detroit Police Department by calling 9-1-1.

--Place garbage containers or bulk items at the curb before 7 a.m. on the morning of the collection day, rather than the night before, and remove refuse containers immediately after refuse is collected.

Along with the Angels' Night activities, the Detroit Recreation Department and several Detroit Police precincts will host Halloween parties and activities for children on various evenings during the Halloween period.

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