National Crime Prevention Month Tip of the Day: My tip is to go outside after dark and look back at your home. Is your lighting doing the job? Does it cover the areas it should? Are your bulbs burned out? Have you cleaned out the light covers of dirt and debris to maximize your lighting output? Criminals do not want to be seen — light it up so that you can read the headline of the newspapers, but not have any glare or dark spots. Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 6: your lighting will be key to crime prevention practices! Eliminate trip or fall hazards and practice good crime prevention by testing and checking your lights this month.
National LED Light Day: The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura on October 7, 2014 for developing blue light-emitting diodes. Why is this a Nobel-worthy achievement? Until the early 1960’s the earliest LEDs produced only a red-colored light. Blue, with a shorter wave-length was harder to reproduce. With Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura’s invention, white LEDs became possible. People respond emotionally to light. LEDs have the ability to create more pleasing lit environments that feel more comforting, clean, secure and high-quality than those areas lit with yellow-tinged lighting. Colors are truer with LED lighting, which can be important to investigators interviewing witnesses regarding accurate descriptions of colors (ex: clothing or vehicles). LEDs consume less power, have a longer lifespan than bulbs and can result in savings over time to the pocket book. LEDs also have less impact on the environment due to fewer bulbs being thrown away and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The next time you are out at night, try to spot the yellow-tinged lit areas and the LED lit areas and evaluate your overall impressions for safety, color accuracy, and comfort or feeling of being in a safe place.
Portions of the information above are from Bridgelux and the National Day Calendar group.
Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, October 6, 2016:
1 Stolen Vehicle: 3100-block of Jane Pl NE.
1 Auto Burglary: 1000-block of Maverick SE.
As you can see, the numbers for property crimes in the Foothills took a dramatic drop over the prior twenty four hours. Keep up your crime prevention practices! Have a great weekend, and I hope you’ll experiment with lighting at your residences and businesses and compare both types of lighting and evaluate for yourself the differences between yellow-tinged and white light.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command