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Lighting up streets to stop crime

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The Greenville Police Department says dark streets are hard to see and easy targets for crime

Now, police and city officials have teamed up to help fight crime, by lighting up some dark roads.

"We'll put additional lighting in and give the residents and pedestrians a more comfortable feeling of safety. There will be more lights in that area," said Greenville Public Works Director, Kevin Mulligan.

Mulligan says police and city officials rode around areas where there were high incidents of crime and poor lighting. From the ride-a-longs six areas where identified as places where lighting can be improved.

Those areas include streets in the Westgate and Eastbrook neighborhood, Kristin Drive, Peed and Autumn Drive, and Concord Drive.

Alethia Shepherd, lives near one of the areas getting lighting improvements. She says though brighter streets won't stop all crime, she says it's a step in the right direction.

"Any support or processes that we can put in place could be very helpful to help deter crime; because, we have noticed an increase in crime in this and other areas in Greenville," said Shepherd.

The lighting upgrades are part of $50,000 grant given to the city.

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