Why wasn’t the responsible department head out looking at the scene the day after the incident and evaluating what could be done immediately and with minimal cost to prevent another such occurrence? A responsible manager would be proactive in such circumstances and replacing burnt-out lighting; trimming foliage that provided cover for the attack; and taking other reasonable and appropriate actions to mitigate future reoccurrences.
After completing these actions, reporting to city management what was done and making further recommendations (based on their familiarity with the area), which might require senior city management to spend money not in the department budget, might also have been a reasonable approach.
Why wasn’t it done, and why didn’t city leaders ask the right questions? Is it because city leaders do not encourage their employees to be proactive in a positive manner for fear of being chastised by these same leaders for exceeding their authority?