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The de­bate over the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to in­stall LED street lights through­out the city is rag­ing on.

Dark­ness in our streets is al­legedly at­tract­ing some un­savoury types, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter writer on our Con­ver­sa­tions page (P11), al­though Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port bur­glary num­bers are down (P4).

The cold is ap­par­ently keep­ing would-be bur­glars away, as ap­pears to be stan­dard for the win­ter months.

But I hope the coun­cil will look into adding more street light poles be­fore we get to the sum­mer months when bur­glary num­bers rise again and there’s the pos­si­bil­ity of cul­prits tak­ing ad­van­tage of dark city streets.

Al­though, as some­one who has been bur­gled in the light of day, lack of street light­ing can’t al­ways be to blame for break-ins.

What’s been hap­pen­ing in your neigh­bour­hood? Has your street changed to LED lights?

Write us a let­ter, or visit our Neigh­bourly page to have your say in our poll.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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