Northampton police opening parking lot to online sellers

Parking lot is monitored by surveillance 24/7

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Northampton Police Department is starting a new initiative designed to help keep residents safe when they buy and sell things online.

The classified site Craigslist is one of the many popular ways people exchange items, and usually, you do not know the other person involved in the transaction. One of the most common places to conduct business is in random parking lots, but now Northampton police are offering the use of their five “Police Business Only” parking spaces in front of the department on Center Street.

The area is under 24/7 surveillance, and Northampton Police Capt. Jody Kasper said that the hope is encouraging people to conduct transactions there will deter criminals, and make sellers feel safer.

“If you had a transaction here and you later found out that the item you had was stolen or whatever else might occur. You can always give us a call and we’d be able to play back the video that we had and help out and investigate,” Kasper said.

If you choose to do business in these spaces, police will not be involved in the transaction unless you need them to be. The idea was started locally by the Chicopee Police Department back in February.

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