Street lights can stay off after no crime increase, say police

Street lights can stay off after no crime increase, say police

Street lights can stay off after no crime increase, say police

First published in News

Street lights are set to remain off across Essex as there is no evidence of increased crime, according to Essex Police.

The force has been monitoring street crime and antisocial behaviour at night to see if the darkness brought more criminals out.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh revealed it has not.
He said: “We are closely monitoring it.

“We have been speaking to district and local policing commanders and at the moment there is no evidence of significant change.

“If there is any evidence of a rise in an area I will go to the council and I will do it publicly.

“When I have asked at specific times they have switched them back on.”

Mr Kavanagh said during the flooding and in the area around the James Attfield murder, near Castle Park, Colchester, on Saturday, March 29, he asked for some lights and the council agreed.
He said: “Whenever I have asked they have listened.

“They were put on to help community confidence following the murder and to help during the floods.

“They have listened when we have asked but there is no evidence to suggest incidents of crime have increased as a result of the lights.”

 

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4:48pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Jaimundo says...

Sensible decision in these days of austerity. Simply a waste of money to keep lights on in areas where there's not really anyone about after midnight, particularly Monday to Thursday. Apps on phones now can provide decent 'torch' light although I must admit the couple of times I've been caught out by wandering home as the lights have gone out it really does get dark! Despite the Daily Mail telling people there's a criminal on every corner, there really isn't.
Sensible decision in these days of austerity. Simply a waste of money to keep lights on in areas where there's not really anyone about after midnight, particularly Monday to Thursday. Apps on phones now can provide decent 'torch' light although I must admit the couple of times I've been caught out by wandering home as the lights have gone out it really does get dark! Despite the Daily Mail telling people there's a criminal on every corner, there really isn't. Jaimundo
  • Score: 6

8:53am Thu 24 Apr 14

Bhudeeka says...

i pay for these lights so when do e get my refund????
i pay for these lights so when do e get my refund???? Bhudeeka
  • Score: 1

10:14am Thu 24 Apr 14

helpwhatshappening says...

My other half works nights drives home and says he has trouble seeing the back of his vehicle as he parks up without the lights, he pays council tax but does not have use of the lights during his working hours seems unfair. We all know there isn't a criminal on every corner however this paper is full of bugalries lately so it feels unlikely that crime figures are not up are we being told the truth?
My other half works nights drives home and says he has trouble seeing the back of his vehicle as he parks up without the lights, he pays council tax but does not have use of the lights during his working hours seems unfair. We all know there isn't a criminal on every corner however this paper is full of bugalries lately so it feels unlikely that crime figures are not up are we being told the truth? helpwhatshappening
  • Score: 1

3:54pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Jaimundo says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
i pay for these lights so when do e get my refund????
We all pay council tax but it only goes so far. Councils have to provide endless services in the face of whacking great Government cuts. Something has to give and I would rather it was a street lights from midnight until 5am in residential streets than libraries, schools or refuse collections.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: i pay for these lights so when do e get my refund????[/p][/quote]We all pay council tax but it only goes so far. Councils have to provide endless services in the face of whacking great Government cuts. Something has to give and I would rather it was a street lights from midnight until 5am in residential streets than libraries, schools or refuse collections. Jaimundo
  • Score: 3

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