Time Change Shines Spotlight on Crime Prevention

BEAUMONT, October 29, 2014 – Daylight saving time ends Nov. 2, and shorter days mean more darkness and more opportunity for criminals. Entergy Texas, Inc. wants to remind customers that security lighting can be an economical and effective crime-prevention tool. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, effective security lighting is the single most significant crime deterrent. It enhances natural surveillance, delineates private and public spaces, can help direct access and increase security and safety.

“This is a great time of year to create awareness of ways people can prevent crime and improve safety around their homes,” said Vernon Pierce, vice president, customer service. “Properly lighting your home or business takes the cover of darkness away from lawbreakers and is an important step in crime-prevention efforts.”

By calling 1-866-603-0192 or completing a short form available online at entergy.com, customers can let Entergy Texas know they are interested in having a security light installed at their home or business. Within two business days, they will be contacted and a lighting expert will help them determine what best suits their needs.

Open-bottom and directional security lights are available in a variety of sizes for home and business use. Customers are charged a set monthly fee for the lights, with the cost added to existing bills. The charges vary depending on the light’s wattage.

There is no fee for regular maintenance, which includes bulb replacement. If the light and pole are destroyed in a storm event – such as a hurricane or tornado – they will be replaced free of charge to customers.

Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 426,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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