Traffic signal at Tamil Nadu. (c) 2011 Thamizhpparithi Maari (CC BY SA 3.0)

Security Lights Increase Vandalism

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Surely keeping the lights on reduces vandalism, right? If you think that I can see you, then you are less likely to commit a crime. Not so fast, according to one commenter at Half Bakery. ldischler pointed out that security lighting actually increases vandalism. That’s a bold claim but it may be right. And the underlying principle may be vital …