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A major study finds better lighting leads to 39% reduction in index crimes [BLOG]

A major study finds better lighting leads to 39% reduction in index crimes [BLOG]

A blog written by Commulite...

We have all seen the recent tragic events with the murder of Sarah Everard, so it’s no surprise there has been a public demand for more to be done to make women feel safer at night.

According to a major US study carried out in a public housing area, when you eliminate dark corners, pathways and corridors, not only does it feel safer, but it has been proven to reduce criminal activity.

Specifically, at night there was a 39% reduction in index crimes — a subset of serious offenses that includes murder, robbery, and aggravated assault, as well as certain property crimes.

But how do you reconcile the need to save energy with the need to provide safer light levels for residents?

Instead of turning lights off, why not install very low energy lighting which can be programmed to provide different light levels during the dark hours at entrance doors and lobbies, which are permanently monitored and tested to ensure they cannot be disabled, and will not cause unwanted light pollution.

Under the Building Safety Bill, we all now have an obligation to make residents and visitors to your buildings regain their trust in the landlords’ measures to improve safety.

Commulite lighting offers the opportunity to have superior light levels that are fully controllable and programmable. By switching to Commulite, having full light levels means you don’t have to compromise on your budget or your emissions. When combined with a solar PV system and a Tesla battery, their lighting is net carbon zero.

With a Commulite system, every luminaire is also an emergency light, meaning that in an emergency situation there are still no dark corners. It eliminates interpretation of what ‘safe’ light levels are because their light levels are fully programmable and never compromised by having minimal functioning luminaires in an emergency.

Up front Commulite is not the cheapest option on the market, but will provide high quality, long term energy and cost savings, typical payback in under 3 years (with zero maintenance) and the ultimate safety solution for all residents. Commulite has been selected by various London Boroughs as the number 1 choice.

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