DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver say leaving your front porch light on may be the most effective way to protect your home.
“A lot of times the criminals or bad guys lurk in the darkness and keeping the lights on will get them to move on,” said Denver Police Cmdr. Ron Saunier.READ MORE: PHOTOS: ID Verification Company Shares Pics With CBS4 Of Costume Masks Worn By Unemployment Fraudsters
On Wednesday police in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood went door-to-door with community volunteers to deliver free LED light bulbs to homes that needed more light on the entryway. The program was organized after a commander in the Highlands neighborhood tried it as a cheap and effective way to reduce property crime.
“Bottom line in one precinct they had four crimes that occurred. The next four weeks they had zero,” said Saunier.READ MORE: Stakeholders Considering Fees For 'Loved To Death' 14er Quandary Peak
Violent crime is relatively low in Denver, but police say property crime has ticked up.
Neighbors who volunteered with the program say the door-to-door introduction is a return to old school policing where police and residents know each other face-to-face.MORE NEWS: Colorado Ranks 2nd Among U.S. States According To Survey Of Americans
“Building better relationships like this can start changing the tide,” said Chris Chiari, a Capitol Hill resident. “We’ll always need and have police officers. Let’s make sure we know them so they’re working with us and the communities they represent.”