Jílové u Prahy decided to reduce public lighting as part of the savings. It turns off from 1 am to 4 am. Three hours without light saves up to 650,000 kroner per year. Police officers patrol the city at night, but they have not yet recorded an increase in crime.
Policeman Peter Thoman goes out every night after 1 a.m. with his co-worker Jeloff. “After one, we have a lot, we can go on a tour of the city. We will take tactical equipment with us, especially flashlights,” the police officers said.
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“We have one classic flashlight installed in the uniform, its brightness is about two meters. The second Fenix flashlight has a light output of up to 300 meters,” says Tuman.
Officers also wear a camera on their jackets. “It has a night light, so it turns on when it gets dark. Then we see in black and white, but we can see,” Thomann points out. “Even the weather is not an obstacle,” he says, walking through the night storm.
So far, the police in Gelov have not recorded an increase in crime. They also meet regularly with the state police, who describe the situation similarly.
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Locals have yet to complain about the new measures. “MI have a reflective jacket because of course I know it’s off. But I admit that I don’t go out that way often,” says Dominic after saying goodbye to his friends at the pub and back home through the night city.
“I don’t mind turning off the lights. I usually fall asleep at this hour and I think saving is necessary.” “It is 800 meters from my house and I think a man should not be afraid. I know it may not be comfortable for women, but I think most women have friends. So at least they can take a romantic walk in the dark.”