SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - This week, Mayor Domenic Sarno announced a plan to increase police presence in downtown Springfield . Officers will increase their bike and foot patrols to make people feel safer downtown, but people in the Sixteen Acres neighborhood say that they could use a better sense of security, too.
A few longtime residents told 22News there have been more break-ins over the years, and that all of Springfield could benefit from more police presence.
"I mean, we do have some issues out near Boston Road and Eastfield Mall area, I don't like going out there at night to those areas," June Wegiel of Sixteen Acres said.
Sarno says the Springfield Parking Authority will pay about $25,000 per month to pay for the effort.