Brighton, like communities across the country, has been experiencing a significant increase in reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles. Known as ‘car-hopping’, the typical pattern is for thieves to walk through residential neighborhoods while residents are asleep, checking for vehicles with unlocked doors and quickly rummaging through them for small, easily-carried valuables to steal; in some cases, documents containing personal information are taken and used later for identity theft.
Brighton police would like to remind residents that they can help reduce the likelihood of being a victim of these crimes by making a few simple changes in their habits:
-Lock the doors whenever leaving a vehicle unattended, even for a short time
-Don’t leave valuable items in plain sight, even in a locked vehicle
-Don’t leave valuables such as electronics, tools, or firearms in a vehicle overnight
-Call police if you see suspicious people or unusual activity
-Report every break-in, even if nothing appears to have been taken
-Shed some light on crime – leave porch and yard lights on to help neighbors spot and report suspicious activity before crime occurs
In support of this community effort to reduce crime, United Power has generously provided a supply of low-energy-usage Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, available free to Brighton residents who want to ‘shed some light’ on crime in their neighborhood. The free bulbs (two per residence, please) can be obtained at the front desk of the Brighton Police department, 3401 E. Bromley Lane, during normal business hours.