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63 lights being added to Kirkegaard's neighborhood

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A Sioux Falls homicide remains under investigation..

Although it has been a week, police remain optimistic they will catch Kari Kirkegaard's killer.

This incident leaves many of Kirkegaard's neighbors feeling uneasy.

She lived in central Sioux Falls, right by Garfield Elementary School.

We were at the neighborhood watch meeting tonight where people said they do want more lights out here.

And police say lights are the easiest and cheapest way to make your neighborhood safer.

"What we've seen locally is that lighting helps. It usually improves the crime rate, usually things go down once lights come up," said Officer Sam Clemens.

He added any type of lighting helps.

Street lights, house lights, and motion sensor lights.

"If you get one block of people where everybody has their lights on at night that thing is lit up as well as day time and there's very few problems I guess that I know of that we have when we have homes like that," he said.

That is what Monday night's neighborhood crime watch was all about.

Over 50 people showed up for the announcement that 63 new lights would be added to the neighborhood.

"I think it will deter people from hanging around and no dark corners where they can get into trouble or cause trouble," said neighbor, Joann Brokaw.

She said this is the first neighborhood watch meeting she's been too and since Kirkegaard's killing, she has kept all of her outdoor lights on.

"Especially in my back yard I have a really low hanging tree and it's kind of back off the street, so I like that light there," she added.

Officer Clemens said these meetings are great.

Because the best thing you can do is know your neighbors.

"Being able to communicate with your neighbors and really know what's going on when they talk to their neighbors they know their habits and what's normal and what's not normal and we encourage people always to call if there's something out of the ordinary or unusual," said officer Clemens.

About 20 lights will be added to poles that are already there, but more than 40 lights will be put on new poles.

They are hoping to have all the lights working by the end of April or beginning of May.

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