Swithing off the lights at night / impact on crime

Kyle Jannece made this Freedom of Information request to Essex Police

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Dear Essex Police,

Could I please use the FOI Act to request the following data relating to 'overnight crime'. If you do not have a label of 'overnight crime' can we just look at the times of which the lights would have been switched on in the past vs. the relative time period now please.

Question;
Since the street lights have been switched off at night time, has overnight crime in the following areas increased or decreased, and by how much please.

Essex overall
Chelmsford
Maldon District
South Woodham Ferrers

Could I have overall and then broken down into category please?

Yours faithfully,

Kyle Jannece

Data FOI Essex,

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Dear Data FOI Essex,

Please respond to my request for information.

Yours sincerely,

Kyle Jannece

Dear Data FOI Essex,

Why has my request been delayed?

Yours sincerely,

Kyle Jannece

Data FOI Essex,

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Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI
request 11311.

 

This unit has had a substantial increase in FOI requests which has
resulted in a delay in the service we provide.

 

We will make enquiries and will reply to you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Kind regards

 

Jessica Casey

Information Officer

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Essex Police Headquarters

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Data FOI Essex,

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Unfortunately, we are delayed on all FOI request due to the volume of work
we have resulting in a delay in the service we provide.

 

Essex Police apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience.

 

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Jessica Casey

Information Officer

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Continuous Improvement

Essex Police Headquarters

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Dear Data FOI Essex,

This is unacceptable. I will be taking this matter further.

Yours sincerely,

Kyle Jannece

Kerry Nicholson 42006441,

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Please accept our apologies in regard to the delay in responding to your
original request. This unit has had a substantial increase in FOI requests
which has resulted in a delay to the service provided from this unit.

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In respect of your enquiry:

Could I please use the FOI Act to request the following data relating to
'overnight crime'. If you do not have a label of 'overnight crime' can we
just look at the times of which the lights would have been switched on in
the past vs. the relative time period now please.

 

Question;

Since the street lights have been switched off at night time, has
overnight crime in the following areas increased or decreased, and by how
much please.

 

Essex overall

Chelmsford

Maldon District

South Woodham Ferrers

 

Could I have overall and then broken down into category please?

Having completed enquiries within Essex Police and in respect of Sec
1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating to your request and
Essex Police can confirm in respect of Sec 1(1)(b) the attached data and
below comments and links to further information.

Data has been produced however please note that various districts
introduced Part Night Lighting on different dates over several years, and
PNL only operates on specific times on each day of the week as it differs
on Sunday Evening (except in Epping), certain key areas such as roundabout
retain street lighting throughout the night, and not all street lighting
is controlled by the county council. Furthermore, Essex County Council
changed the timing of their switch off with effect from 30^th March 2015.
[1]http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-a....

 

Figures will relate to offences that happened in the ECC area and are
known to have happened between midnight and 4:59 am (i.e. exclude Thurrock
and Southend unitary authorities and exclude offences that happened over a
period that includes a time outside the midnight to 5am window.

 

You may wish to contact the Highway Agencies to obtain information
regarding accident data. Some information is already published , please
see  the following link in respect of accident data 
[2]http://www.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/main

 

Roger Hirst, the Fire and crime commissioner for Essex commissioned
analysis from Essex Police regarding the effect of part night lighting,
you may find the following of interest
[3]http://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/news/rep...
and 
[4]http://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/wp-conte...

 

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Dear Kerry Nicholson 42006441,

The fiugures you have given me compare 2014 vs. 2017.

Can you confirm that South Woodham Ferrers began switching lights off during 2014 or later? Or did this occur at an earlier date?

Yours sincerely,

Kyle Jannece

Kerry Nicholson 42006441,



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Data FOI Essex,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Please accept our apologies for the delay in replying to your
request.

 

In respect of Sec1(1)(a) Essex Police does not hold the information
specified in your request however you may find the following of interest.
Therefore, and in accordance with section 17(1) of the Act, this
communication must act as a refusal notice to provide all of the
information that could be interpreted as being captured by your request

 

You may wish to submit a request directly to Essex County Council relation
to switch off locations and times.

 

We can advise that part night lighting is being monitored at a national
level by the L.A.N.T.E.R.N project team using national police data and
details can be found at [1]http://lanterns.lshtm.ac.uk/ additional
information can be found via
[2]https://www.essexhighways.org/roads-and-...

 

Kind regards

 

Information Rights Team

Information Management Department

Strategic Change Directorate – Essex Police HQ

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