NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Northampton Police are urging anyone who visits a popular city park town to not leave valuables in their cars.
Police say that " smash and grabs" are happening at the Burts Pit Road Park off Rt. 66. Chief Russell Sienkiewicz told 22News there have been 13 such break-ins at this park over the last year; a little more than one per month.
Chief Sienkiewicz says they are pleading with park-goers to not leave valuables inside the car. He says even if you think it's out of sight under a blanket, thieves are smashing windows to get in.
Georgiann Kristek and her dog Diego, visit the park often. She says she could be gone for an hour and a half at times.
"I make sure not to bring valuables with me. I have heard of break-ins, but a friend of my had her car broken into, windows smashed. This was a couple of years ago," Kristek said.
Chief Sienkewicz says that you should leave valuables in the trunk or not bring them at all. What attracts thieves to the park is how long park-goers spend on the trail; leaving their cars unattended for a long time.