Lights switch-off in Maldon district has never been an issue, say police

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Police say switching streetlights off at night has not resulted in crime rising Police say switching streetlights off at night has not resulted in crime rising

Police have never raised any issues about crime connected to streetlights being switched off at night in the Maldon district.

Essex County Council introduced part-night lighting in Maldon and Uttlesford in early 2007, and has rolled it out elsewhere in the last several months.

Switching lights off between midnight and 5am, except in town centres, main road junctions and accident blackspots, has saved the council about £70,000 a year.

Essex Police said crime and anti-social behaviour has dropped.

The Standard asked Essex County Council how many requests had been made by the public, local authorities, councillors, police or other organisations since 2007 for part night lighting to be reviewed in any areas of the district.

But it said: “Our information recording systems have changed during that time, due to improved technology, and therefore we do not have an accurate record of this data.”

* Full story in Thursday's Standard.

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3:57pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Excellent idea to have the lights off. Criminals actually prefer daytime as they can assume people are out at work. And look how much money has been saved.
Excellent idea to have the lights off. Criminals actually prefer daytime as they can assume people are out at work. And look how much money has been saved. Jack222
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4:56pm Tue 18 Mar 14

e5mitch says...

The police don't serve the public anymore, they are puppets of the government.
So they will say what ever they're told to say, because if turning the lights off really did reduce crime they'd turn then off everywhere!!
The police don't serve the public anymore, they are puppets of the government. So they will say what ever they're told to say, because if turning the lights off really did reduce crime they'd turn then off everywhere!! e5mitch
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2:15pm Wed 19 Mar 14

An alternative view says...

"They" would quite like to turn them off all over the country , but there's a few Joe Public who "reckon" it'll cause the end of life as they know it, they cause a stink and it takes 7 years to get some real data to prove the point, said data arrives and yet still some won't believe that turning the lights off has no effect on crime.
"They" would quite like to turn them off all over the country , but there's a few Joe Public who "reckon" it'll cause the end of life as they know it, they cause a stink and it takes 7 years to get some real data to prove the point, said data arrives and yet still some won't believe that turning the lights off has no effect on crime. An alternative view
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