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Lights being installed in 1 section of New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A local organization is adding hundreds of lights to help deter crime in the Newhallville section of New Haven.

"I think it would help very much because in some places there isn't enough light so I would think more light would steer away crime," said Emma Shepherd, who owns a business in the section of the city.

The Christian Community Commission in the heart of New Haven's Newhallville neighborhood announced that 230 lights will be installed by the end of the month. The goal is to brighten up the neighborhood to help prevent crime.

Eyewitness News was not able to pull crime stats because of the holiday, but some residents told Eyewitness News they hope the lights prevent ongoing issues with drugs and gun violence.

"Because criminals don't like light," said Same Kearse of New Haven. "They like to operate in the dark."

The Christian Community Commission started working on the lighting project years ago and has been able to secure grants.

New Haven is working to make all of its city lights more effective by installing LED lights because they are brighter and cheaper to keep on.

"They're asking people to put their lights on their front porches. We think that's a good idea," Kearse said.

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