City to shed more light CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

February 11, 1993|By Staff Report

The Westminster City Council plans to increase the illumination from street lights in some sections of the city as a crime-fighting measure.

On Monday night, the council approved a police department proposal to change mercury vapor lights to higher powered sodium vapor lights. Sodium vapor lights currently are in use in downtown Westminster.

The action came after a fatal shooting on South Center Street that police said was a drug-related murder Jan. 28.

Lt. Dean Brewer told the council that dark areas on some streets make it easy for drug deal ers to avoid police scrutiny. The sodium vapor lights are to be installed on Main Street, Pennsylvania and Sullivan Avenues, and South Center, Union and South Court streets.

The lieutenant said he does not expect the brighter lighting to cause drug dealers to move to other areas, but he expects them to make it easier for police to spot drug deals and for citizens who witness them to identify the participants.

The murder of a 22-year-old Old Manchester Road resident on South Center Street Jan. 28 prompted city resident John B. Norris to urge the council to warn criminals that Westminster will not tolerate crime and drugs.

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