It's been a couple of years now, but we did have a major, regional wide power outage occur here in Southern California. With the blackout starting in the late afternoon going up until who knew when, I was looking forward to a nice dark Milky Way filled night sky,.... that was until I remembered it was a full moon.
Damn, of all the luck.
However, the evening wasn't a total wash. Even though it was weeknight, because of the hot weather, most folks came out of their homes, many had impromptu block parties, cooking outdoors, enjoying each others company, making the best of what turned out to be a pleasant situation.
As for the so called crime that supposedly occurs in these types of situations, it seems that not much of anything occurred that evening. Well,... there was the exception of a group knuckle heads that tried to break into a BevMo store using flashlights that signaled their presence on the roof of the building. Needless to say they didn't get very far in their "endeavor".
Afterwards there were a few folks who talked about turning down the lights on given nights, but talk is as far as it went and the whole episode is now sadly enough forgotten.