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Some cities and towns might do well to increase lighting in dimly lit areas. Studies seem to indicate that we hesitate to lie much less when in darker rooms. Because the mere absence of light seems to increase dishonest and immoral behavior, it is not too much of a stretch to think that public crimes might have higher rates in places with less lighting. It's hard to say, however, whether the absence of light makes that town an easier target for a criminal, thus making them plan to go there, or if someone walking through is more likely to mug a passerby without much premeditation. Perhaps both. In any case, it can't hurt to take note of where the lighting is lacking near your home and notify the officials in charge.
Contributed by Sammo Lea