Saginaw police, fire officials prepare for arson watch ahead of Halloween

Volunteers wanting to help Saginaw's arson watch initiative got amber patrol lights to put on their vehicles.

Police and fire officials in Saginaw are preparing to once again ramp up patrols for their annual arson watch initiative on the eve of Halloween.

Thursday evening, community members met with council members, firefighters and police officers at Beacon of Hope Church to discuss how they can help patrol the city.

Last year, dozens of people participated in the city's arson watch, boarding up vacant homes and posting signs around them.

Fire officials say the recent efforts have dramatically reduced arsons.

Saginaw Fire Marshal Ralph Martin said, â??With the community involvement we've been able to eliminate a lot of the unnecessary structure fires, people being our eyes and ears, it makes people not think about going out and doing wrong.â??

Anyone who wants to participate in this year's arson watch can report to the Saginaw Fire department next Wednesday or contact their local neighborhood association.

The cityâ??s weekly Light Up the City initiative will also be moved to Wednesday, Oct. 30 to coincide with the anti-arson efforts.