Light switch-off will increase crime

PUBLISHED: 14:38 22 February 2007 | UPDATED: 21:34 29 May 2010

I READ in my current edition of Focus, the news letter from the LibDems, about the idea of switching off the street lights in Dunmow to save energy and money. I wanted to put forward the idea that, if they want to make these savings, instead of turning of

I READ in my current edition of Focus, the news letter from the LibDems, about the idea of switching off the street lights in Dunmow to save energy and money.

I wanted to put forward the idea that, if they want to make these savings, instead of turning of the street lights, which will no doubt end up with an increase in people being mugged and other such crime, they turn off the lights on the motorways instead.

Even if they only turned out every other light it would have no great effect on road visibility, after all, we do have headlights on our cars so we can drive at night time.

Cllr Rodney Bass, who seems to have come up with this idea, needs to get his act together.

Maybe he would like to spend a few nights walking around the back streets of our town without any street lights and without the police accompanying him.

He needs to remember the elderly people and disabled who need the street lights. I'm just hoping it's not my road that will be plunged into darkness on the stroke of midnight.

Donald Gordon

Mill Lane

Great Dunmow

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