Urban Lighting to Reduce Crime

A high-quality urban lighting system creates a balance between light and darkness. It can be a companion for people walking through public spaces at night, removing shadows and increasing the feeling of safety.

A number of studies have found that quality urban lighting can have positive impacts on crime rate in an environment. One such study, undertaken by the University of Chicago, determined that night time crime fell by 39% in areas with temporary street lighting, compared to areas without street lighting. This major control study found that lighting could have a significant benefit to help prevent crime in urban areas.

External lighting is not enough. The lighting needs to be high-quality, creating consistent light levels, removing shadows and dark spots, removing the opportunity to commit crime.

The value of external lighting in the fight against crime is clear, and can have significant benefits to urban development projects. For more information, see our full range of Urban lighting solutions.