NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) is critical of the restrictions on night-time lighting planned in many municipalities as a result of the energy crisis. "The street lamps in public spaces have to stay on. Because when it's dark, you no longer feel safe, and subjective fears arise," he said Rheinische Post. The lighting of paths, streets and squares is an essential point of crime prevention that must not be touched. This is different for monuments and advertising space. The police unions also warned of the negative consequences of the measures. Too much darkness in public spaces endangers security and the sense of security.