City of Saginaw MI -
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, POLICE, FIRE, SCENIC -- READY FOR ARSON WATCH ON OCTOBER 30-31, 2016

Arson Watch teams, consisting of members of Saginaw Neighborhood Association Groups along with police, S.C.E.N.I.C. and fire personnel, will patrol neighborhoods from dusk to dawn on both October 30 and October 31, 2016. Arson Watch volunteers will form teams of two or more, and will be the “eyes and ears” of Saginaw to help stop arson related fires. Some volunteer teams will patrol neighborhoods in a vehicle and others on foot to watch for suspicious activities and monitor abandoned buildings.

All Saginaw citizens are asked to participate in this year’s Arson Watch by turning on their outside lights both nights. Citizens should also secure any objects in their yard that may burn, lock up any open dumpsters on their property, watch unoccupied properties in their neighborhood, and report any street lights that are out to the City Call Center, 989-399-1311, prior to October 30.

Citizens are also reminded that there is a 10:00 PM curfew on October 30 and 31, making it unlawful for juveniles less than 17 years of age to be on city streets, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian after 10:00 PM.

The Arson Watch Committee collaborates with the Saginaw Public School District. Arson Watch encourages students in middle school and high school to be home before the 10:00 PM curfew. During the school parent/teacher conferences this fall, Arson Watch volunteers were present to talk with parents and students about Arson Watch and how students could win a prize by just being home after curfew. Students entered their names for drawings to be held on October 30 and 31. Students who signed up for the drawings, could win a prize if their name is picked and they are home after the 10:00 PM curfew. Generous local businesses and supporters have donated the prizes ranging from food and other gift cards to bicycles. The Saginaw Police and Fire Departments along with the Michigan State Police will be delivering prizes on October 30 and 31.

For more information concerning Arson Watch, please contact John Stemple, Chief Inspector, at 989-759-1304.

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