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"Operation Night Light" targets burglaries

September 25, 2017

A new crime abatement strategy, "Operation Night Light," was designed to dissuade would-be criminals from targeting neighborhoods during the night.

Due to enhanced daytime patrols, security cameras and automatic license-plate reading technologies, some burglars have delayed their illicit activities to nighttime.

According to the Cerritos deputies, thieves are surveilling neighborhoods at sunset and later, looking in particular for residences that appear unoccupied. "Operation Night Light" encourages residents to turn on their porch light, from dusk until dawn. Lights with a photocell do this automatically.

A lit porch light sends the message that residents are part of an active Neighborhood Watch program. Visit for easy access to current neighborhood crime reports, statistics and maps.


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