As the shortest day of the year draws near, we're asking residents to light the night by leaving on a porch light or other outdoor home light from dusk to dawn.
Porch lights, or another outdoor home light, help prevent crime and make it easier for law enforcement officers to see homes if needed. A recent study found that outdoor home lighting may reduce crime by 39 percent.
"Our officers are often patrolling in neighborhoods, but we aren't able to be everywhere at once," Interim Police Chief Doug Balli said. "Lighting your home discourages home burglaries. It also makes it easier for public safety officers to respond to calls and see addresses."
Not only does lighting help deter crime, but it also illuminates trees and creates a more inviting neighborhood. The lighting discourages trips and falls.
While many homes may not have porches or lights, we'd encourage any type of outdoor lighting, including string lights and path landscape lights.
"We'd encourage everyone to participate in this initiative, especially throughout the winter when it gets dark early," City Manager Brian Maxwell said. "We can all help promote safe and inviting neighborhoods."