DETROIT (WJBK) - The annual Angels' Night patrols will not be returning, Mayor Duggan and city officials announced Wednesday. Mayor Duggan said at a press conference they're ending the anti-arson effort due to the continuing decline of fires during the Halloween season.
Authorities said at the news conference they're giving Halloween "back to the children."
Mayor Duggan said after three years of the number of fires on Angels' Night being no different than any other night, they've decided to end the patrols.
The three-day, annual Angels' Night campaign included beefed up police patrols, a curfew for minors and the help of hundreds of volunteers. This year, authorities say they responded to the second lowest number of fires in Angels' Night history with 54.
The day before Halloween had historically been a time of mischief and called Devil's Night in Detroit. Vacant houses began to be torched in the 1980s. The city had more than 800 fires during the 1984 Halloween period.