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City Hall says crime rate down after it installed 25k street lights

City hall says the crime rate in Nairobi has reduced after it installed 25,000 street lights at a cost of sh953 million in the last three years.

The county government said the initiative resulted in a drop of recorded crime  from 1,200 incidents a month to 200 incidents.

County Chief Officer Roads and Public Works Engineer Michael Ngari said they have has installed over 6,000 high mast floodlights in the informal settlements with a view to improving security.

The areas include Njiru, Mathare, Kibera, Kangemi, Riruta,  Ruai, Kayole, Pipeline estate, Tassia and their environs.

“70 per cent of the City is now lit as we embark on making the city a 24 hour economy,”said Eng Ngari.

However, there are concerns that the initiative is being hampered by continued vandalism.

Eng Ngari cited  estates like Hurlingham, Kilimani, Woodley and various roads including; Ngong Road, Elgeyo-Marakwet Road, Dennis Pritt Road and Kirichwa Road which are worst hit by vandalism.

“We are spending a lot of money replacing equipment and this should not be the case,”added Eng Ngari.