This is literally my current backyard.
My inlaws and wife are from Amherst and I do a lot of work and travel there.
I was contacted by the APD last week to alert my own circles of this planned meeting. I know the current and past chiefs directly as well as the officers detailed in the first report.
The street detailed in the second report I also know directly and personally.
This is another small college town in the country where very many people regularly think no crime occurs and is not possible because well ehh it's Amherst!
Not true. People very commonly leave their doors open & unlocked as well as their cars with wallets and purses in them at their home and as parked on the street too.
To my view that makes no sense, but that's my city raised view.
Anywhere, anytime, anyplace.
Contrary to the "nothing ever happens around here" view and statements folk commented to me when I first moved to this area.
It's pretty safe all things being relative, but there is no such place as a crime and criminality free bubble.
Break-ins continue in Amherst
By NICK GRABBE and SCOTT MERZBACH
Monday, September 13, 2010
AMHERST — Three more break-ins have been reported by South Amherst residents, bringing the total to about 32 since the beginning of July.
The incidents prompted police to hold a community meeting Monday night at Crocker Farm School to advise residents on precautions to take. More than 200 people attended the meeting.
The most recent reports were of break-ins early Friday on Shays Street. In the first, an unlocked home was entered and a purse was stolen, while in the other a backpack was taken from an unlocked vehicle.
In the third incident, on Mount Holyoke Drive, a briefcase was stolen from the unlocked home.
Most of the home invasions have taken place late at night, and the burglar has entered houses mostly through unlocked doors and windows, said Officer William Laramee at Monday’s neighborhood meeting. Chief Scott Livingstone and nine officers attended.
None of the homeowners has had direct contact with the burglar, and no one has been hurt, Laramee said. Items stolen have included laptop computers, purses and cellphones, he said. Some purses have been found in yards with cash removed from them, he said...
The full story can be found at http://www.gazettenet.com/2010/09/14...ntinue-amherst- JanqSpringfield man arrested in Amherst break-in
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
AMHERST - A man who police say broke into a Sunset Avenue home Wednesday night and stole several items was arrested a short time later on the University of Massachusetts campus
Michael Gibbs, 23, of Springfield, was arrested on Lincoln Avenue at 10:32 p.m. on charges of entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony, larceny from a building and providing a false name to police and on an outstanding warrant from Springfield District Court, police said.
Police Detective David Foster said police took a call from the resident of the home that a man had gotten inside the house and fled with several items.
University of Massachusetts police located Gibbs as a passenger in a vehicle stopped a short distance away and, using the description of the intruder provided, held him until Amherst police got to the scene.
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle was arrested by UMass police after officers determined there was a warrant for his arrest and a silver-and-black handgun, as well as 100 rounds of ammunition, were found in the trunk of the vehicle, said UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald.
Samuel Alan O'Quinn, 23, of Springfield, was arrested on charges of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, carrying a firearm without a license, receiving a firearm with a defaced serial number and possession of a firearm without an FID card and on an outstanding warrant, police said...
The full story can be found at http://www.gazettenet.com/2010/09/10...-amherst-break
Also in my local news:
Worcester man in critical condition after bat fight in Amherst
Amherst police investigate gunshots at apartment complex fight; nobody injured in incident