United Power is teaming up with the Brighton Police Department to shed some light on crime, specifically on car hopping.
Brighton, like communities across the country, has been experiencing a significant increase in reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles, a police department news release said. This kind of theft is known as car hopping.
When “car hopping,” thieves will typically walk through residential neighborhoods while residents are sleeping, 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 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 can be obtained at the front desk of the Brighton Police Department, 3401 E. Bromley Lane, during regular business hours.