Saginaw seeking volunteers for annual Arson Watch patrols - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw seeking volunteers for annual Arson Watch patrols

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SAGINAW, MI (AP) -

Volunteers are being sought to take part in Saginaw's annual Arson Watch.

The city says neighborhood associations are looking for people to work with police officers, firefighters and other departments on Oct. 30-31 to help prevent intentionally set fires.

Arson Watch teams patrol assigned neighborhoods by vehicle from dusk to dawn. Other volunteer teams walk neighborhoods, looking out for suspicious activities.

The city says patrols will focus on monitoring abandoned buildings and other areas that statistically have higher crime rates. Volunteers will be provided with Arson Watch T-shirts, flashlights, flashing lights for their vehicles and patrol training.

In 2006, the city had 17 arson-related fires over the Halloween period. There were none reported last year.

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