SeaTac residents call for city to shed light on crime

SeaTac residents call for city to shed light on crime
SEATAC, Wash. -- A battle is brewing between the city and and group of neighbors over things that go bump in the night.

A group of residents held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night to urge the city to shed light on crime.

In a small community just off of a main street, its 18 neighbors fear crime is always lurking around the corner.

"Prostitution, drugs, things like that," said Cheryl Baird.

They want steps taken to help them feel safer at night. They're not asking for a stronger police presence; they're simply asking for a few street lamps.

"You cut down on dark areas for people to commit crimes and you prevent those things from happening," said Baird.

Baird's community received some good news on Wednesday. Puget Sound Energy has promised to install four new street lamps in the neighborhood for free.

But the four street lamps will only solve a small part of the problem. There are dozens of neighborhoods in similar situations around the city.

According to a national statistic, crime rates in neighborhoods without street lamps are often twice the rate of their lit counterparts.

Just this year, residents battled the city of Seattle to fix more than 2,000 burned-out or broken street lamps in Capitol Hill. As a result, Seattle City Light implemented a new program to systematically replace bulbs throughout the city.

SeaTac residents want a similar program to be put in place so they won't have to be wary of their own neighborhoods at night.

"I'm very scared. I have no lights in the back of my house, so if something was to happen, I can't see," said resident Kim Carson.

"I lock the all the doors, patch-lock it and everything," said Paige Goehring, another neighbor.