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danx111
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Nightime Security Lighting in Alleys
by danx111 on September 12th, 2009

Walking through the neighborhood tonight we noticed some alleys with very little lighting mostly due to residents not using the garage coach lights - dark areas are most conducive to bad things happening. Since I'm forgetful I installed the Intermatic EJ500C Indoor Digital Wall Switch Timer.
It's programmable, keeps track of daylight savings time, sunrise & sunset times and replaces the on/off switch in the garage. It also varies the on & off times so it's less obvious that the lights are on a timer.
 
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meg_and_austin
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Nightime Security Lighting in Alleys
by meg_and_austin on September 13th, 2009

I think I've posted this article about light pollution from the New Yorker on this board before, but I'll post it again.

Much so-called security lighting is designed with little thought for how eyes—or criminals—operate. Marcus Felson, a professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, has concluded that lighting is effective in preventing crime mainly if it enables people to notice criminal activity as it’s taking place, and if it doesn’t help criminals to see what they’re doing. Bright, unshielded floodlights—one of the most common types of outdoor security lighting in the country—often fail on both counts, as do all-night lights installed on isolated structures or on parts of buildings that can’t be observed by passersby (such as back doors). A burglar who is forced to use a flashlight, or whose movement triggers a security light controlled by an infrared motion sensor, is much more likely to be spotted than one whose presence is masked by the blinding glare of a poorly placed metal halide “wall pack.” In the early seventies, the public-school system in San Antonio, Texas, began leaving many of its school buildings, parking lots, and other property dark at night and found that the no-lights policy not only reduced energy costs but also dramatically cut vandalism.


- Austin
 
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danx111
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Nightime Security Lighting in Alleys - ots of opinons....
by danx111 on September 13th, 2009

... here's APD:
APD Home

burglary prevention tips
Burglaries in Austin neighborhoods cost residents over 1.3 million per year in loss of property alone. Most burglaries in your neighborhood are being committed by youths 18 and under. They are not skilled professionals, but they will take advantage of an easy target. Don't make it easy for them.

1. Install a deadbolt lock.
Deadbolts are usually locked with a key from the outside and a thumb turn on the inside. The cylinder should be pick resistant. Lock your doors every time you leave the house, even if you're leaving for just a few minutes during the day. The most popular times for residential burglaries are weekday daylight hours. In over 1/3 of burglaries, there is no forcible entry--someone forgot to lock the doors.

2. Install solid doors.
Outside doors should be metal or solid hardwood and at least 1 3/4 inches thick. Frames must be made of equally strong material and each door must fit its frame securely.

3. Keep garage doors closed and locked.

4. Secure sliding doors and windows.
Cut a broom handle to the length of the bottom track so that the window or door will not slide open when forced. Also, drill one hole through both casings and sliding window and insert a nail or pin.

5. Secure sash windows.
To prevent wooden sash windows from being pried open, drill a downward sloping hole into the top of the bottom window through and into the bottom of the top window and insert a pin or nail.
To prevent aluminum sash windows from being broken into, purchase a track lock that blocks the window track.

6. Mark your property.
Mark your valuables with an engraver. Marking your property serves as a deterrent to would-be burglars and it helps police in identifying and returning stolen property. Make a property identification list. Put warning stickers on doors and windows.

7. Purchase a burglar alarm.
A home alarm system can be a very effective burglary deterrent and fit into many people's needs. Remember to test your system monthly.

8. Leave a light on.
When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime. Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

9. Use proper exterior lighting.
Place a light over every door. Double cones lights on each corner of the house will also light up windows.

10. Work together with your neighbors.
When you are going to be away, tell trusted neighbors and ask them to watch your property. Have neighbors maintain your yard. When on vacation, have someone cut grass. Shrubbery should not hide neighbors' view of windows or doors. Have someone pick up newspapers and mail. Tell neighbors to call police if they notice anything suspicious
 
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Mike
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Nightime Security Lighting in Alleys - ots of opinons....
by Mike on September 14th, 2009

I agree with Meg and Austin's post. I would also add that if everyone left their alley lights on, then I will have to keep my blackout blinds completely shut. I kind of like leaving them slightly open so the morning sun lights up the room and lets me know its time to start a new day. Our neighbor use to keep their alley light on and it would just light up our bedroom.

I have not slept with a night light in over three decades and do not want to start now.

Mike
 
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Taylor Chloe
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Nightime Security Lighting in Alleys
by Taylor Chloe on August 6th, 2020

I have tried to explain to my friends that it's difficult to do commercial lighting, but they won't listen. Looks like I have to ask them to contact commercial landscape lighting Dallas so that they can know I am right about this. Otherwise, they will just disagree with me.
 
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