- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other city leaders are asking residents to patrol their neighborhoods over the three-day Halloween period as part of an annual effort to stop arsons, especially at abandoned structures.

Duggan was elected last year and is presiding over his first so-called “Angels’ Night.” He held a news conference Thursday to outline this year’s volunteer effort, saying he’ll personally patrol all three nights, Oct. 29-31.

Angels’ Night has been credited with drastically reducing the number of intentionally set fires at the end of October.

It’s a long-running response to what was known as Devil’s Night, the day before Halloween. In 1984, Detroit had more than 800 fires during the period.

Last year, 95 were reported.

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Online:

Angels’ night site: https://bit.ly/1vUoUS1

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