VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach man contacted 10 On Your Side because of a concern about a lack of working security lights in his neighborhood. The man, who did not want to share his name, said he was worried that unlit streets would invite crime.
“I contacted because I saw an urgent problem and I saw crime here in our area, and I saw inadequate security lighting. I have a daughter, and I’m getting concerned for her welfare and her safety as she’s coming home from work. She has to walk into the apartment complex at night, through security lights that’s not on,” he said.
WAVY News walked with him through the St. Croix Apartments off Newtown Road and counted 12 large security lights out on the buildings, including some near staircases and a parking garage.
Three pole lights were out, including one by a dumpster, bringing the total of lights out to 15.
“It’s a deterrent to crime. If the area’s well-lit, then any potential burglar…will say, ‘Well, you know, maybe I may need to look elsewhere,'” the resident said.
WAVY News checked the city’s records for the year, and of 19 crimes in the neighborhood, residents reported a burglary, larcenies, assaults, and property destruction.
“The urgency came, when I called 10 On Your Side, when I was notified that on 7th of October we had a robbery at gunpoint on the 800 block of Caribe…If it’s dark, you know, it’s kind of like a good environment to do some burglary or robbery. I mean, it’s just common sense,” the resident said.
He said he first brought up the issue in December and sent a letter to management last month. Crews fixed some of the lights after he reported them and managers told him there would be progress by the end of this week, he said.
Regional property manager Andrea Hood could not say exactly when the resident first reported the issue, but said the company is always concerned about the safety and well-being of residents and that crews are working hard to get the issues addressed.