Updated: 12/23/2013 11:10 PM
Created: 12/23/2013 12:10 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion
Imagine a thief walking through your house and stealing several valuable items, all while you and your children are sleeping. That's what police say has happened to several families in Brighton.
Now they are warning residents to be on the lookout for the suspect. Take a look at the surveillance images. Investigators believe the man in the pictures is responsible for at least one of the burglaries in the town.
These crimes may be happening in Brighton, but police say everyone needs to be on guard, especially because it is the holiday season. Police say they do see burglary patterns throughout the year, but around the holidays there is always a spike in these kinds of crimes across the area.
Brighton Police say at least ten homes have been burglarized since December 1, and all of the burglaries have happened overnight - between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
So far, thousands of dollars in electronics and cash have been stolen. Police say someone entered all of the homes through unlocked windows, and in some cases, cut through the window screens to get inside.
Police are reminding residents to make sure all windows and doors are locked and secured. It may seem like obvious advice, but again, police say most of the windows in these burglaries were not locked.
Another tip: police say if you hear something, say something.
"[With] a lot of cases that we are investigating with these residential burglaries, the homeowner did hear something in the middle of the night and chose not to get out of bed to see what is going on, and the next morning they found the burglary," said Sergeant Michael DeSain of the Brighton Police Department. "If they would have got up and investigated to see what was going on, it would [have] allowed us as police to respond quicker and have the opportunity to catch people."
Another preventative measure you can take: keep your lights on. Make it seem like people are home at all times, and make sure your house is well lit on the outside.
Police tell us jobs like this are well thought-out, meaning the suspect or suspects were probably watching the area for some time. So if you see suspicious vehicles, make sure you report them to police immediately.
Also, remember to lock your doors and windows if you are headed out of town for Christmas.
Anyone with information regarding the burglaries in Brighton is asked to call Sergeant Michael DeSain at (585) 784-5183.