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Lighting & Crime

Lighting is often assumed to reduce crime without question. However, there is a growing body of evidence indicating that lights lead to no change in crime levels, or even an increase in crime.

·     Lights should be no brighter than needed and should only illuminate the area needed to be lit for the time necessary

·          Lighting can highlight potential targets, security lapses and escape routes

·          Outward shining lights can hide criminal activity with the glare

·          PIR activated floodlights are often ignored by neighbours

·          What deters criminals:  belief that the home is occupied, presence of alarm and cameras

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