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Making Public Places SaferSurveillance and Crime Prevention$
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Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326215.001.0001

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Improved Street Lighting

Improved Street Lighting

(p.81) 6 Improved Street Lighting
Making Public Places Safer

Brandon C. Welsh

David P. Farrington

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of improved street lighting to prevent crime in public places. The findings reveal that although improved lighting can be effective in reducing crime in some circumstances, it is still not clear what exactly the optimal circumstances are. Despite this, the chapter suggests that improved street lighting should be considered as a potential strategy in any crime-reduction program, in coordination with other intervention strategies.

Keywords:   street lighting, crime prevention, public places, scientific evidence, optimal circumstances

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