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Detroit Ready For Angels' Night Volunteer Effort

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DETROIT (AP) - Detroit residents are ready to patrol their neighborhoods over the Halloween period to help prevent arsons, especially in vacant structures.

The annual Angels' Night volunteer effort is credited with radically reducing the number of intentionally set fires at the end of each October.

The observance this year runs Tuesday through Thursday. Teams of residents, block clubs, community groups and churches are to conduct street patrols.

The program is a long-running response to what used to be known as Devil's Night, the day before Halloween. In 1984, the city had more than 800 fires during the period. Last year, 93 fires were reported.

Flint has a similar program.

At its 1994 peak, there were 200-plus Devil's Night fires there. According to The Flint Journal, the city had six fires last year.

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