Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lights on!

Now that the weather is warming up, I've taken to jogging around the neighborhood again. I prefer to go out in the evening, when the air is crisp and cool. However, in some areas there are few street lights and it can be hard to see where I'm going, much less what might be around the next corner.

Although scientific studies have shown mixed results, it seems intuitive that effective lighting will generally make a neighborhood safer and help deter crime by keeping our homes and sidewalks lit for all to see.

So with that in mind, I'd like to suggest... Lights On! Please consider leaving your porch and patio lights on overnight. For pennies a day, you can help keep our community safe, especially for those (like me) that enjoy late night walks around the neighborhood.

Special thanks are due to the neighborhood watch crew. They've been driving around at night to help keep an eye on St. Anne's Hill while most of us are asleep or watching late night television. If you'd like to join them, stop by our next meeting or simply spend a few minutes sitting on your porch or patio at night. It's also a great way to meet your neighbors!

This year, National Night Out will be celebrated on August 5, 2008. Join Dayton and other local communities as they build support and awareness for public safety issues.

So this year let's turn the Lights On! for a safer community.

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