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‘Part-night’ lighting halves car crime but may displace thefts to nearby lit streets

LANTERN study reveals surprising nuances of street lighting's effect on behaviour of car thieves

08 April 2022
The LANTERNS project looked at three different types of lighting changes – part-night lighting, dimming, and white light – were examined for five crime categories: residential burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and violence (Brad Fickeisen/Unsplash)


It seems logical to believe that parking on a well-lit street at night deters thieves. But the opposite may be true. Fewer cars are broken into at night on roads with part-night lighting (PNL), where street lights are switched off between midnight and 5am, suggests an academic study.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and University College London examined detailed police recorded crime data from Thames Valley Police and data on changes to street...

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