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Dubuque adds more street lights & cameras to downtown neighborhood,

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Hundreds of people in downtown Dubuque are getting what they asked for, after petitioning for better street lighting, with hopes of curbing crime. 

Through the Jackson Park Street Lighting Project, the city installed multiple L.E.D lights.

In the past, people in the community were concerned about the neighborhood being "pitch dark" during the night. They also didn't feel safe, including two years ago, when Nancy Krapfl, 66, was murdered.

However, during the summer, the old dim street lights were replaced with 15 new brighter ones. Several people tell KWWL its made a difference.

"I think it's a good thing, because it can help the community, and make it be a safer environment," said Juan Bolden from Dubuque.

The city spent more than $74,000 on the project.

They also installed 12 surveillance cameras. Some capture a 180-degree angle. 

In addition to the better visibility around the park, city engineers said more street lights and poles were added to the downtown area.

The project is complete, but they will add more in the future, if needed.

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