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Dorset Police Reassure Villagers Ahead of Streetlight Switch Off


7:34am 2nd April 2014

There's been no increase in crime in areas in Dorset where street lights are being switched off at night according to the Police.

The reassurance comes as villages in the county are about to be left in the dark after midnight.

Night time street lights are already being switched off in towns to save money on energy bills and at the end of this month they'll also be turned off in villages.

Residents have expressed fears that this would lead to crime and anti-social behaviour but the Police say their investigations show that's not been the case.

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."

Milborne St Andrew is just one of the 30 villages who will see their lights go out after midnight from the end of the month.
Dorset County Council say lights will be turned off only where there are no significant concerns over road safety or crime, and 350 lamps will remain lit in these areas.

SSE Contracting, the county council's street lighting partner, will begin converting around 1,700 lights to switch off between approximately midnight and 5.30am GMT (1am and 6.30am BST). The lights will come back on again in the morning only if it is still dark. Lights will remain lit all night on main roads, within town centres and on roads with any speed humps.

For more information on the part-night lighting scheme CLICK HERE

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