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Can Lighting Be Put in the Wrong Place?

Yes, if put in the wrong place lights can cause glare, help criminals see what they are doing, or create shadows where criminals could hide.

Light up parking lots and entrances/windows that can be seen by others. DO NOT light up back doors that cannot be seen by others because this could attract criminals.

Tell us about your experiences of putting lighting in the wrong place. If this e-mail function isn't working, you can send an e-mail to Marcus Felson at felson@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

Otherwise, you can write us at:
Crime Prevention Service
School of Criminal Justice
Rutgers University
123 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102-3094
Or call us at 973-353-5237
Or send a fax to

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