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Light up City event to make community safer

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Nearly 500 community members were drawn together on Ojibway Island by fun and games and free hot dogs.

It was for the Light Up the City Event in Saginaw.

"We look out for each other and that is our mantra," said Debbie Malkonian, with Adams Boulevard Neighborhood Association.

For the fourth year law enforcement teamed up with Consumers Energy and other community leaders urging people to leave the porch light on at night.

Saginaw police officer Samantha Buth said the efforts have paid off.

"Turning that light on, it defers a lot of people because it brightens up the area and of course, I mean, criminals are criminals. But they don't want to go somewhere where somebody's going to see their face, you know, they're wide out in the open," Buth said.

The collaboration and the simple task of keeping the light on can defer criminals.

"Make people more aware of what's going on and to be safe," said Kia Scott, Saginaw resident.

People in Saginaw said a safe community is the common goal.

"It's very important to keep Saginaw safe. It's very important. We have too much crime going on, too much killings, too much shootings. So yeah, we need to keep it as safe as possible," said Chan Howell, Saginaw resident.

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