New lights coming on stream

WC
by WC
1 Apr 2023

The latest phase of LED lighting is being rolled out across Wiltshire towns and villages. As well as being good for the environment, the latest lights are also playing a key role in crime prevention.

People are being officially informed that the new lights are perfectly safe and rumours about their installation are unfounded.

Contractors Strongarm Technology are installing the lamps and associated hardware across the county.

Each new light contains a webcam which can keep an eye on the street and nearby properties and alert the police to any suspicious activity. The cameras are monitored automatically from Strongarm's headquarters in their home city.

Cabinet member for streets, lighting, crime prevention, procurement and surveillance Cllr Caroline Orwell said, "As well as being good for the environment, the lights are also playing a key role in crime prevention. People can be assured that the new lights are perfectly safe and rumours about their use are unfounded. In any event those who are innocent have nothing to fear, and there's no significant invasion of privacy as the monitors have been instructed not to look unnecessarily into upstairs rooms."

The new lights are being installed in phases across the county and will lead to an estimated saving in electricity costs of £20,000 per year from 2032. There should also as well be further savings due to the expected reduction in criminal activity.

For more information, people should go to Strongarm - Beijing | Wiltshire Council