Bridgeport police warn of uptick in crime during summer months

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 Bridgeport police say the arrival of summer always brings an uptick in violent crime, and this year is no exception. 

Police say the flipside of having perfect weather is that it provides a perfect opportunity for people to commit violent crimes, because people are out having a good time and their guard is often down.

Connecticut already saw an uptick in crime when two people were shot and one person was stabbed in a span of just three hours on the second night of summer.

A woman was walking home from a bodega across the street from the Green Homes apartments when she was shot in the backside. It happened Saturday night around 11:30 p.m.

Police said she lost a lot of blood but her injuries were not life-threatening.

Then, around 2 a.m., police say a man was grazed in the head by a bullet outside the 19th Hole restaurant on Brookline Avenue.

An hour later, police say an Uber driver was stabbed in the arm on Pennsylvania Avenue. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Police say the best way to protect yourself from such violent crime is to be extra vigilant and to be aware of your surroundings.

Community activist Jorge Cruz says the Bridgeport community needs to go one step further by not refusing to help police.

He says the “don’t be a snitch” mentality allows crime to flourish.

Cruz encourages the public to help police, especially during the summer.

"This is not a police issue, this is not a mayor's issue, it's not a city council issue, this is a community issue because people are refusing to get involved," Cruz said.

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