Shops Urged to Leave Lights On 12/02/99

PHONE: 961-2350
DECEMBER 2, 1999


Hilo community policing officers are urging shopkeepers downtown to leave their lights on at night to curtail crime.

After noticing that some shop owners are turning off their lights in the evening after work, Hilo Community Policing Officer Jason Shinoda said turning off the lights encourages crime by making it easier for lawbreakers to conceal themselves and their activities.

Leaving the lights on will help prevent criminal property damage, burglaries and thefts, Shinoda said.

He urged businesses downtown and in other areas to take precautions particularly during the holiday season, when crime is usually on the increase.

Shinoda also urged new businesses to acquire an Emergency Notification Decal System (E.N.D.S.) number and urged older businesses that have moved to notify him or Community Policing Officer John “Masa” Pagay at 961-2350.

Also, any business wanting to schedule a security check by the police may call that number, he said.

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