SURREY CC PUT OUR STREET LIGHTS BACK ON

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I have been writing to Cllr David Hodge almost weekly since April 2017 following the switching off of street lights in March. I have been expressing my concerns re the possible rise in crime as a result of Surrey CC’s decision to turn the street lights off between midnight and 5am. I have been providing information re crimes in other areas around the country thought to be associated with street lights being turned off. Indeed in the ensuing months several councils have reversed their decisions and have in fact turned street lights back on following a sharp rise in crime. In my report I have also presented Cllr Hodge weekly comments from locals via my Facebook  Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1008027575995026/?multi_permalinks=1104498763014573&notif_id=1507538962090299 in respect of local crimes being committed.  

 

Since April I have had only one direct response from Cllr Hodge which was standard to say the least. It did not address my concerns nor answer my questions. As such I contacted Surrey Police with a freedom of information request for comparative data/figures re crimes committed between March to July 2015, 2016 and 2017 covering the hours between midnight and 5am. I have attached the data for your information. This shows that in 2016 there was an expected and anticipated rise in crime during these hours of between 2% and 3%. During the same period in 2017 however (since the street lights were turned off) the crime rate has risen 22%.

 

I have presented this information to Cllr Hodge by email however have had absolutely no response at all. I have also written to the Chief Commissioner of Surrey Police to request his comments however as yet I have had no response.

 

I now feel that it is time that the general public should be aware of this extreme rise in crime figures which I can only associate with the turning off of our street lights.

 

Surrey CC Crime Statistics All Districts March to July 2015, 16 and 17 Midnight to 5am

Tandridge District:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
2182
249
 
Totals 2016:
1839
259
4.01%
Totals 2017:
2373
300
15.8%
Street lights were turned off in March 2017.

Epsom and Ewell:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
1668
251
 
Totals 2016:
1711
245
-2.3%
Totals 2017:
2272
342
39.5%
Street lights were turned off in February 2017.

Mole Valley:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
1422
198
 
Totals 2016:
1644
203
2.5%
Totals 2017:
1956
271
33.4%
Street lights were turned off in February 2017.

Reigate and Banstead:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
2975
394
 
Totals 2016:
3221
451
14.4%
Totals 2017:
3849
615
36.3%
Street lights were turned off in February 2017.

Elmbridge:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
2488
355
 
Totals 2016:
2686
350
-1.4%
Totals 2017:
3313
421
20.2%
Street lights were turned off in February 2017.

Runnymede:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
1892
264
 
Totals 2016:
1962
269
1.8%
Totals 2017:
2683
344
27.8%
Street lights were turned off in March 2017.

 

Spelthorne:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
2330
285
 
Totals 2016:
2427
339
18.9%
Totals 2017:
2904
368
8.55%
Street lights were turned off in March 2017. Note that the lights went back on in Spelthorne in June 2017 which accounts for the reduced 2017 percentage. 

Guildford:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
3179
511
 
Totals 2016:
3165
584
14.2%
Totals 2017:
4041
673
15.2%
Street lights were turned off in December 2016.

Surrey Heath:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
1490
261
 
Totals 2016:
1544
251
-4.1%
Totals 2017:
1977
269
7.1%
Street lights were turned off in December 2016.

Waverley:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
1872
248
 
Totals 2016:
1877
261
5.24%
Totals 2017:
2242
282
8.04%
Street lights were turned off in December 2016.

Woking:

Totals
Figure
Figure 12pm to 5am
Percentage Increase Annually
Totals 2015:
2040
262
 
Totals 2016:
2104
316
20.6%
Totals 2017:
2919
422
33.5%
Street lights were turned off in March 2017.

All areas in Surrey were operating under the part time street lighting scheme by July 2017.

 



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