Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire City Council and UWEC student leadership are bringing neighborhood safety to light.
On Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Randall Park, students guided a group through the neighborhood to point out areas that need more public lighting. Some students who live in the area said they have been robbed and don’t feel safe.
“Well, I think this is one of the most high-crime rate areas in the city and so if we have lights, the crime rate will go down, and also (if) students don’t feel safe that has an effect on their mental health. Mental health is important during your college years,” said Branden Yates, UW-Eau Claire student body president.
“As a city council member, it’s really important to me that everybody in our city feels safe and secure. Anything we can do to improve that feeling of safety, whether it be with lighting or something else, we want to make sure we are doing that diligently,” said Kate Beaton, a member of Eau Claire City Council.
The neighborhood safety and lighting walk through started in Owen Park.