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Acne-enhancing pink lights serve as loitering deterrent

Acne-enhancing pink lights serve as loitering deterrent

By Alex Larrabee | Posted - Mar. 15, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- In the south of Wales, pink streetlights are being installed in an effort to deter youth loitering, according to the BBC.

An increasing amount of "yobs" -- a British slang term synonymous with "hooligan" or "thug" -- have been present around a Cardiff estate in the city's Fairwater district, says councillor and resident Neil McEvoy.

"People's lives are being made a misery," McEvoy said.

The light is designed to highlights the imperfections and skin blemishes evident on a teenager's complexion. Supposedly, the lighting has worked as a loitering deterrent elsewhere, which convinced residents and members in a Police and Communities Together (Pact) meeting in South Wales to make the installations.


People's lives are being made a misery,

–Neil McEvoy, Councillor and Resident


"The area were talking about has been a Pact priority for about four years," McEvoy said. "If this has been successful in other areas, I would like to have a look at it if it can help the local residents to live a more peaceful life."

"The local neighbourhood policing team continues to work with partners and be proactive in preventing crime and anti social behavior in the Fairwater area," read a statement by the South Wales Police.

Treating adolescents like trainable animals may not seem like the most humane way of combating these issues, but it has a proven track record, according to McEvoy and the South Wales Police.

That is, until those same "yobs" see the article on BBC.

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