Port City United’s new initiative shines light on crime prevention

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – It’s looking a bit brighter for Port City United’s Director Cedrick Harrison and his community.

A New Hanover County agency, which focuses on finding ways to improve communities, rolled out a new way to shine a light on areas to prevent criminal activity.

Cedrick Harrison walked down 31st street for the first time since he was shot in the face more than 6 months ago, to witness one of four lights installed to help the community’s public safety.

As part Port City United’s initiative to keep the community safer, “Bright Lights, Peaceful Nights” is a collaboration with Duke Energy and the City of Wilmington to highlight areas in the community in need of extra lighting or light repairs.

The initiative can help solve and deter crimes, according to Harrison.

“These type of incidents we started to notice a common denominator but in a situation where there was lighting, for one they may even question to do the shooting because there is so much lighting, and they can be identified,” he said. “And then on the back end, if individuals able to see something in the midst of that, that helps.”

Duke Energy urges the public to report lights not working by clicking here.

To submit a report or possibly request a new light through Port City new “Bright Lights, Peaceful Nights” click here.

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