Raytown residents ask for more streetlights to prevent crime - KCTV5

Raytown residents ask for more streetlights to prevent crime

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RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) -

Rodney Lawson has spent his week replacing car windows. He's saving up to fix the last one.

A week ago, he was among the dozens of Raytown residents whose cars were broken into.

“You feel disrespected and unsafe,” Lawson said.

Lawson believes part of why thieves targeted his neighborhood is because of a lack of streetlights. There is only one on his street. When the sun sets, his neighborhood gets extremely dark.

“They've got them so spaced, it isn’t any good,” Lawson said.

His neighbors have noticed that, too.

“I illuminate my own area, but beyond that, there's not much going on,” said Stacy Crumm. “It's pretty dark.”

“I know everyone wants more streetlights,” said Marilyn Fleming, a former Raytown alderwoman who lives on the street. “They need to get up to City Hall, talk to City Hall about it.”

That's what Lawson intends to do. He's asking the city for more lights on his block.

“If we had streetlights, it would help 100 percent,” he said.

KCTV5 News called the Raytown City Administrator, who said on the phone that the neighborhood's lights are leased from Kansas City Power & Light and that Raytown Public Works has a waiting list for people who want more built.

Some people also want to form a neighborhood watch to keep track of who comes and goes on the block.

“We are supposed to be a neighborhood that looks out for each other,” Lawson said. “If we can't see, how can we watch?”

Lawson is working with neighbors to get on the list for some new lights to prevent burglaries like the ones that happened.

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