Kennett urges “Lights On” to keep “Crime Off”

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Two agencies people may have never considered partners when it comes to fighting crime are working together to make one Region 8 city safer.

The Kennett Police Department and City, Light, Gas, and Water launched "Lights On, Crime Off", a campaign that urges residents to report street lights that are not working properly.

"We'll be in different areas and we'll notice it, but sometimes we don't see those, and that's why we're asking the public and City Light Gas and Water to work with us and to help us locate those lights," said KPD Lt. Tim Trowbridge. "Criminals are deterred by light."

CLGW Administration Services Coordinator Jill Rickman says in the first few days of the program's launch on Tuesday, April 2, CLGW received 21 reports from officers and residents at locations across the city.

"We want to keep our community safe. We all live and work here," she said. "We created a web site where citizens and police officers can go and easily report any street light or security outages."

The web page to report outages is on the CLGW web site,and can be accessed by clicking "Lights On, Crime Off", which is located on the left side of the page. To submit a report, residents need to be able to give the pole number and the location of the poll.  "You just enter those in and provide us with a name and a phone number in case we have any questions."

Rickman said to expect repairmen to respond to the report soon after the call. "Depending on the weather and any other projects that are going on, outages, within the week we hope to get those fixed and taken care of."

To report outages over the phone instead of online, call (573) 888-5366.

The CLGW lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The drive-thru window is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Call (573) 888-2888 to report a problem after business hours.

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