Street Light Black Out Not Causing A Crime Wave
9:01am 26th July 2013
Dorset Police says there is no link between an increase in crime and street lights being turned off.
Some members of the public feared the move could encourage criminal activity.
Dorset Police say they've been closely monitoring the areas where the lights go out and have so far, found no link with rising levels of crime and disorder.
It hasn't stopped a number of communities voicing concern though, saying they feel "less safe".
Officers say they'll continue to monitor those areas where the lights go out and the Council has welcomed the news and says the scheme saves money on the budget.
The latest crime figures show that crime in the County is at a 15 year low - with total crime down 11% on last year.
Deputy Chief Constable, James Vaughan, said: "We take the concerns of our communities very seriously and have worked together with our local authority partners in Dorset County Council to closely monitor the areas where street lights have been switched off in case of any changes in crime levels.
"I'm pleased to say that we have found there has been no link to an increase in crime, which I hope will offer some reassurance to residents.
Hilary Cox, Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for Environment, said: "We welcome the evidence from the police about our part-night lighting programme. It is reassuring that the scheme, which does make savings, has not caused an increase in crime. The scheme has been strongly supported by those who want to reduce the amount of light pollution in our night skies."