New York’s LED streetlights: A crime deterrent to some, a nuisance to others
The New York Times - 07/12/2016
Research differs on whether better lighting leads to a reduction in crime, though a 2007 meta-analysis of 13 cities around the world, including eight in the United States, showed an overall reduction. “I believe in New York, you would expect to see a positive result,” said Brandon Welsh, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University who helped lead the analysis.
“It’s actually less of a surveillance function,” he added, “than people take pride and ownership of their community, so they can watch out for one another and police it themselves.”