Fears that lights-out policy is prompting burglary spree

Dorset Echo: Westham Community Information Westham Community Information

CAMPAIGNERS will investigate whether a spate of burglaries within a Weymouth community is linked to the lights being out.

Residents of the Westham estate concerned about crime are being invited to a meeting which will probe what can be done to tackle problems.

Ward councillor Christine James, who is organising the discussion, said this will include whether the streetlight switch-off is linked to incidents of crime.

She has been approached by a number of residents inquiring whether a spate of burglaries at the end of last year has anything to do with the estate being plunged into darkness in the small hours.

Coun James wants to assemble all the facts before deciding the way forward and has invited police and council officials to the meeting.

Coun James represents Westham North ward on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which includes the area around Norfolk Road, Hereford Road and the crematorium. But she said residents in all parts of Westham were invited to the meeting.

Streetlights are now turned off in Dorset communities from midnight until dawn to save money.

Lights remain on in town centres and high crime areas.

Coun James said: “There were some burglaries in Westham at the end of last year and residents are understandably unhappy. They’ve been asking whether it could be linked to the street lights not being on.

“This has prompted me to organise a meeting where we can get all the facts and figures and make a response.

“Anyone that has concerns about this issue is welcome along.

“People are fearful and it’s only right we have this discussion.

“It may be that we a case to put to Dorset County Council.”

The meeting is at Weymouth Community Fire Station, Radipole Lane, at 7pm on Monday.

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10:17am Sat 1 Feb 14

annotater says...

Does anyone ever wonder how much, in money, it cost to fit timers to all of the street lighting and how many years it will be before the cost is recovered from the saving with the lamps switched off?
No Councillors? I thought so!
Does anyone ever wonder how much, in money, it cost to fit timers to all of the street lighting and how many years it will be before the cost is recovered from the saving with the lamps switched off? No Councillors? I thought so! annotater

11:36am Sat 1 Feb 14

clevertp says...

the criminals that robbed my house etc. always work after midnight and target places that people are away. they never sleep at night and will torch away the evidence. You cannot lock them out. They have an old disused gas van with flashing light, landrover, etc and will think nothing of bulldozing,jemibarri
ng their way in. Intelligence is on their case and they live in Wyke Regis, Dorchester ,Littlemoor and commute to Liverpool, Birmingham where they offload the stolen property or sell it through your paper, sometime after the robbery. Ongoing investigation so please don't contact me as I have been assaulted, beatenup, fear of my life. they want to take my liberty away from me etc. One day I will give you a story but too dangerous for me now.
the criminals that robbed my house etc. always work after midnight and target places that people are away. they never sleep at night and will torch away the evidence. You cannot lock them out. They have an old disused gas van with flashing light, landrover, etc and will think nothing of bulldozing,jemibarri ng their way in. Intelligence is on their case and they live in Wyke Regis, Dorchester ,Littlemoor and commute to Liverpool, Birmingham where they offload the stolen property or sell it through your paper, sometime after the robbery. Ongoing investigation so please don't contact me as I have been assaulted, beatenup, fear of my life. they want to take my liberty away from me etc. One day I will give you a story but too dangerous for me now. clevertp

11:51am Sat 1 Feb 14

peskykat says...

Where i live we have just had some new street lights fitted and they are
so powerful i don't need to switch my lounge light on.
Where i live we have just had some new street lights fitted and they are so powerful i don't need to switch my lounge light on. peskykat

12:01pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Mango man says...

clevertp wrote:
the criminals that robbed my house etc. always work after midnight and target places that people are away. they never sleep at night and will torch away the evidence. You cannot lock them out. They have an old disused gas van with flashing light, landrover, etc and will think nothing of bulldozing,jemibarri

ng their way in. Intelligence is on their case and they live in Wyke Regis, Dorchester ,Littlemoor and commute to Liverpool, Birmingham where they offload the stolen property or sell it through your paper, sometime after the robbery. Ongoing investigation so please don't contact me as I have been assaulted, beatenup, fear of my life. they want to take my liberty away from me etc. One day I will give you a story but too dangerous for me now.
This is Weymouth not East London. You are clearly some kind of poorly educated fantasist!
[quote][p][bold]clevertp[/bold] wrote: the criminals that robbed my house etc. always work after midnight and target places that people are away. they never sleep at night and will torch away the evidence. You cannot lock them out. They have an old disused gas van with flashing light, landrover, etc and will think nothing of bulldozing,jemibarri ng their way in. Intelligence is on their case and they live in Wyke Regis, Dorchester ,Littlemoor and commute to Liverpool, Birmingham where they offload the stolen property or sell it through your paper, sometime after the robbery. Ongoing investigation so please don't contact me as I have been assaulted, beatenup, fear of my life. they want to take my liberty away from me etc. One day I will give you a story but too dangerous for me now.[/p][/quote]This is Weymouth not East London. You are clearly some kind of poorly educated fantasist! Mango man

1:07pm Sat 1 Feb 14

bollywood says...

It would not be so bad if every other street light was switched off, or better still get rid of the traffic lights that are not fit for purpose. And why is the park and ride lit up like a stadium. From the top of Lanehouse you can see where the electric is wasted but the blinkered councillors will not see that.
It would not be so bad if every other street light was switched off, or better still get rid of the traffic lights that are not fit for purpose. And why is the park and ride lit up like a stadium. From the top of Lanehouse you can see where the electric is wasted but the blinkered councillors will not see that. bollywood

5:19pm Sat 1 Feb 14

dogloverdorset says...

in most areas crime went down after the lights went off, but in a few places ( Littlemoor ) they did turn them back on again
in most areas crime went down after the lights went off, but in a few places ( Littlemoor ) they did turn them back on again dogloverdorset

10:00pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Hippyhooker says...

Mango man wrote:
clevertp wrote:
the criminals that robbed my house etc. always work after midnight and target places that people are away. they never sleep at night and will torch away the evidence. You cannot lock them out. They have an old disused gas van with flashing light, landrover, etc and will think nothing of bulldozing,jemibarri


ng their way in. Intelligence is on their case and they live in Wyke Regis, Dorchester ,Littlemoor and commute to Liverpool, Birmingham where they offload the stolen property or sell it through your paper, sometime after the robbery. Ongoing investigation so please don't contact me as I have been assaulted, beatenup, fear of my life. they want to take my liberty away from me etc. One day I will give you a story but too dangerous for me now.
This is Weymouth not East London. You are clearly some kind of poorly educated fantasist!
Do you work in the field of mental health ?
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clevertp[/bold] wrote: the criminals that robbed my house etc. always work after midnight and target places that people are away. they never sleep at night and will torch away the evidence. You cannot lock them out. They have an old disused gas van with flashing light, landrover, etc and will think nothing of bulldozing,jemibarri ng their way in. Intelligence is on their case and they live in Wyke Regis, Dorchester ,Littlemoor and commute to Liverpool, Birmingham where they offload the stolen property or sell it through your paper, sometime after the robbery. Ongoing investigation so please don't contact me as I have been assaulted, beatenup, fear of my life. they want to take my liberty away from me etc. One day I will give you a story but too dangerous for me now.[/p][/quote]This is Weymouth not East London. You are clearly some kind of poorly educated fantasist![/p][/quote]Do you work in the field of mental health ? Hippyhooker

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