Laura Caroe and David Derbyshire
UK Daily Mail
Nov 10, 2010
Town halls are plunging our streets into darkness as they try to cut energy bills, damning research reveals.
Up to three-quarters of councils are planning to turn off street lamps or dim the lights in an attempt to save money and meet climate change targets, a poll has found.
But police fear that darkened streets will act as a haven for burglars, muggers and vandals – and motoring experts warn that there may be more accidents on the roads.
Evoking memories of 1970s-style blackouts, the poll found that 43 per cent of town hall bosses are already committed to switching off lights.
Another 12 per cent say they are dimming lamps – meaning that more than half of councils are cutting back in some way.
Meanwhile, a further 19 per cent of local authorities are also considering some form of blackout, according to the survey of 75 councils.
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