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Council members say street lights could be answer to reducing crime in area neighborhood

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Wausau city leaders say street lights could be the answer to reducing crime in one neighborhood.

About a dozen lights will be installed from the 600 to the 900 blocks of Scott Street sometime this summer.

The light posts were approved by the city council last month. The project is estimated to cost about $230,000.

The idea was sparked by a neighborhood petition asking the city to address crime in the area.

"It will help out the crime rate a little bit because lighter areas means less crime because they'll be seen more than in the dark,” said neighbor Thomas Pedersen.

City council members say they reviewed the petition, looked into costs and labor of the project and ultimately decided adding the street lights would really benefit the area.

“Now we decided going forward that similar street projects in town, we will look at is it feasible to include this kind of lighting plan as part of those. So, I think you might see more of that going forward,” said 4th District Alderman Tom Neal.

Newsline 9 did speak with another neighbor. She didn't want to go on camera. She said she thinks the street lights are a good idea, but crime will happen regardless.

The money for the lights will come from different city grants.

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