By Amanda Dellor
BBC Berkshire Reporter
Councils switching street lighting off is a safety fear in some areas
Turning off street lights at night could save up to £18,000 a year and it's one of the ideas councils are looking at to save money.
One area of Wokingham is piloting the idea but some residents are not happy after two burglaries in one night.
Ronnie was one of the people targeted. She says "I lost my husband in August, so now I'm on my own I leave a light on at night.
"Then before Christmas the street lamps were turned off from 12am-5.30am.
"I want the council to turn on just ONE street light in my close", she says.
"I don't feel safe in my own house. I've had a security light put up and an alarm fitted, but all I want is one light to light up the alleyway outside.
"What will it cost to put just one light on?" she says.
Carol also lives in the close. She thinks part of the problem is that lots of elderly people live in the area and they simply don't feel safe.
"If switching off the lights will save £18,000 a year, you cannot argue with that. But the argument is that it is an environmental issue. I just think it is a pilot project that someone wanted to have a go at and it is not a very clever idea."
Thames Valley Police has investigated whether the lack of lighting had anything to do with the burglaries. It says the part-night lighting did not contribute to the burglaries and it will continue to monitor crime rates in all of the areas with part-night lighting.
The council says it's pleased with the success of the scheme so far. It says the part-night lighting scheme is a proactive way to cut carbon emissions as well as save vital funding.