'No evidence' of increase in crime due to streetlights turning off

Lincolnshire Police say there's no evidence that switching off street lighting at night has led to an increase in crime.

The County Council switches off 42,000 lights across the county at certain times to save money.

A new report says there has been a 4% increase in offences - but the force says there's actually been a drop in overnight burglaries and there's no suggestion that areas with less lighting are more crime ridden. 

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West said: “Our findings so far are that there has been a slight increase in these overnight crimes.  This is not surprising as we are experiencing more calls than ever before and overall crime in Lincolnshire has increased, as it has nationally.  Crime is up by 4% in our county and the national average stands at an 11% rise.

“At present we believe there is no link between the introduction of part-night lighting and levels of crime.  We will continue to monitor crime levels and if our analysis highlights any concerns at any time we will speak with the council.  We may also look at other types of crime to ensure we are gaining a complete picture.

“I fully understand that when part-night lighting was introduced residents were concerned about their safety.  Lincolnshire is an incredibly safe place to live and rest assured we are fully committed to making sure you are safe day and night.”

Our reporter Matt Soanes spoke to Shaun West about the report this morning:

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