Northampton police advise people to protect valuables when at Burts Pit Road dog park
NORTHAMPTON — A woman who parked her vehicle at the dog park on Burts Pit Road Saturday morning returned to find a window smashed and both her purse and iPad stolen.
The break-in to her vehicle, reported to police at 12:04 p.m., came despite precautions she used to cover the items with a blanket, said Police Detective Michael Briggs.
Briggs said forced entry to vehicles at the Burts Pit Road site is fairly common at this time of year as people use the area for walking their dogs, playing Frisbee or tending their plots at the community gardens.
Police put out similar warnings last month after getting reports of vehicles entered through smashed windows.
Briggs said police continue to advise people not to bring valuables to the location, but if they do, to place them in the trunk or beneath a seat and out of view. He said this should be done before getting to the location in case someone is watching.
– SCOTT MERZBACH