BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Neighbors in Canton are stringing cafe lights alongside darkish streets all in hopes of deterring crime.
Chris Broughton spent Tuesday afternoon stringing lights.
“The purpose is to make it as unappealing as potential for anybody who desires to commit a criminal offense,” Broughton, of the Canton Neighborhood Affiliation, mentioned.
Broughton mentioned the thought to hold cafe lights got here to him after an armed theft occurred outdoors his Canton residence almost a 12 months in the past. He mentioned the suspect was capable of conceal at midnight and assault.
“I wished to ensure, no less than on my block, that gained’t occur once more,” he mentioned.
Since then, he’s put in lights on 4 dozen streets in Canton.
“It brightens up the block which is good at night time,” Shak Saunders, an area resident, mentioned.
In line with Baltimore Metropolis Police, throughout the previous 12 months, almost 400 crimes have been reported in Canton, together with 18 instances of aggravated assault, 25 robberies, 51 burglaries and 42 stolen automobiles.
“Numerous instances individuals are getting hit, sadly at night time, when it’s darker and you may’t actually see somebody on the nook sneaking up on you,” Saunders mentioned.
Neighbors mentioned the lights give them a way of consolation.
“Simply one thing about strolling at midnight, even with a rottweiler, I simply don’t really feel secure,” Annette Saunders, an area resident, mentioned. “Seeing these lights lit at 6 a.m. brings me a little bit extra consolation.”
Broughton mentioned his objective is to shed a lightweight on security.
“I get a way of accomplishment out of it hoping that I’m serving to the neighborhood,” he mentioned.