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Brighton police warning drivers about an uptick in car thefts

Police say they have seen an increase in vehicle thefts and break-ins (WHAM photo)

Brighton, N.Y. - Police in Brighton are alerting residents to a recent increase in both vehicle thefts and vehicle break-ins.

This comes one day after 13WHAM introduced you to a couple who had both their cars stolen in the span of four days.

One of those thefts ended in a police chase that left an officer recovering from a shoulder injury.

In just the last six weeks, police tell 13WHAM that 65 cars were reported stolen in Monroe County.

Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson says when the weather warms up, car thieves get busy.

“We take for granted the whole Rochester region is a very comfortable area,” Henderson said.

Their ideal target: Unlocked vehicles.

At least one thief got lucky twice at the expense of a couple in the Elmwood Terrace Complex. One of their vehicles stolen on Monday, and the other was taken on Friday.

The second car was recovered Saturday morning after a police chase that left a Rochester police officer injured.

The suspect is still on the loose.

“Some of these criminals take advantage of areas where it's taken for granted you don't need to lock your car. But you do,” Henderson added.

Chief Henderson is also urging folks to never leave valuables inside a vehicle.

“This hurried lifestyle we have, computers, phones, are left behind inadvertently, and then the doors aren't secured,” he said.

The Brighton Police Department is taking to social media, trying to get the community to lock up and to make sure to never leave valuables in a vehicle.

“Whether it's an apartment complex or it is a number of cars a parked together,” he continued, “we have seen multiple vehicles that have been entered and items stolen. We're asking for your help. We're asking for the community's help.”

If you see any suspicious activity, police say to call 911.

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