Detroit, MI/ Oct. 30 / Devil’s Night Tradition Dead?

SitRep:

For the 3rd year in a row Detroit has decided to focus city resources towards hosting neighborhood Halloween parties instead of the highly successful Angels’ Night program implemented in 1995.  The Angels Night program consisted of cufews and up to 50,000 community volunteers organized into neighborhood patrols and connect to Police via cellphones and CB radios.  Fires declined from a high of over 800 fires in 1984 to 52 fires in 2015.

Sources:

News:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/10/14/detroit-halloween-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic/3647259001/

Websites:

https://detroitmi.gov/departments/department-neighborhoods/halloween-d#collapse-vbp-accordion-24476-1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Night

https://www.cute-calendar.com/event/devils-night/37405.html

Recommendations:

In all likelihood the recent trend of fewer fires will continue.  However, be cognizant of the history and current highly charged political environment.  Monitor current news events for potential flash points.  The city’s continued progress in the demolition of vacant buildings enhances the likelihood that the recent trend will continue.