Could an increase in street lighting help deter crime?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | Personal Injury |

The idea of walking along a dark street alone at night is something that many people fear. After all, how many times have you seen that exact scene play out in horror films, much to the detriment of the unsuspecting victim? Unfortunately, victims can often find themselves suffering harm in the real world due to an unscrupulous person seemingly coming out of the shadows to assault, rob or otherwise cause them harm.

You may be someone who understands the terror that can come from thinking you are safe only to end up the victim of an attack or other serious crime. As a result, the idea of walking in any dark area likely does not appeal to you. Of course, you may not have the ability to control whether an establishment, street or outdoor area has appropriate lighting.

Can improved lighting help reduce crime?

In some instance, improving the lighting in an area can help reduce crime in that area. Some ways it could help include the following:

  • Additional or new lighting may make it more appealing for individuals to be outside after dark, which increases the chances that there will be witnesses to any crime that takes place or could take place.
  • Potential offenders may feel less secure in committing a crime in a well-lit area due to the risk of being more visible and more easily recognized.
  • If increased lighting leads to arrests of repeat offenders, the area becomes safer because those offenders are off the streets.
  • New lighting could show that the government and law enforcement are active in the area and deter potential offenders from targeting that area.

Of course, increased lighting may not be a perfect fix for reducing crime as potential offenders could use the lighting to their advantage as well, such as more easily scoping out victims or homes. However, you and many other Atlanta residents may feel safer with additional lighting in previously unlit or poorly lit areas.

What if you face harm as the result of a crime?

If you suffer injuries as the result of a crime in a poorly lit area, you may feel the need to pursue justice. In some cases, property owners may be liable for injuries caused by poor lighting on their premises, and looking into your legal options for seeking compensation from potentially liable parties may be of interest to you.