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Mayor Duggan recruiting for Angels Night

Duggan, community leaders going door-to-door

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DETROIT – The day before Halloween was once known as Devils' Night. Now, the days leading up to the holiday are associated with the volunteer angels who are the eyes and ears for police officers and firefighters.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan went door-to-door Saturday with community leaders recruiting volunteers for Angels' Night.

Duggan is hoping a combination of volunteers and police patrols will make Halloween weekend safer.

In 1984, more than 800 fires were set across the city.

While the population has declined dramatically since then, last year there were less than 100 fires reported over 3 days

Duggan met with residents and signed up volunteers who will hit the streets Oct. 29 - 31, reporting suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods.

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More than 8,000 volunteers signed up last year and the mayor is confident even more will turn out this year.

Volunteers can adopt a vacant house, watch their block and patrol the streets in teams.

Homeowners are also encouraged to turn on their porch lights.

A curfew is in effect for Oct. 29 – 31 for kids age 17 and younger from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.

The Angels Night Volunteer Tip Line can be reached at 313-224-4415. For information about volunteering, visit angelsnight.org.

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